When we said we wanted a garden we didn't mean a bloomin' forest! No really, the trees in our back garden are HUGE! So huge that the Direct TV man refused to set us up as we wouldn't be able to get any reception. U-Verse to the rescue!!
There is a little sliver of grass where the sun breaks through the leaves.
And we have ivy. A lot of ivy.
Otherwise known as the chipmunks playground.
The positive is that the garden is flat, a great size and completely fenced. We've been advised to have some of the trees cut in winter when it is cheapest. We'd also love to grow some fruit and veg (though those pesky chipmunks may have other plans!).