Back to the beginning. As Robyn posted, we first saw the garden in March 2006, and it looked like this:
Okay, it wasn't the Chelsea Flower Show, but it wasn't a jungle, either.
We formally signed to buy the property in May 2006, taking possession at the end of July 2006. That's a full Spring and a tad of Summer between first setting eyes on the place and taking possession. At which point it became abundantly clear that not a weed had been bothered by the owner in the interim:
They're the steps on the left.
This was the second level terrace, destined to be the vegie patch:
And this was the top terrace beneath the medieval wall:
Guess who had just a bit of work to do?