I was wandering around in a semi catatonic state not knowing which garden task to tackle next. I cut the Aralia cordata down to small stumps - it really looked revolting and the birds had taken most of the seeds. And, I got completely fed-up with Clematis that was dead and rotated over itself to the 1 meter mark and so have cut it back to about 20 cm. As I clippered through the last strong stock I had the passing thought that I might be killing it - thought passed, desire to cut things down appeared to be stronger. Fortunately the rest of the garden was spared as it started to pour.
Dragged up some photos from a couple of days ago and saw the Veronicastrum. Amazing the number of seeds! And yet, in the 10 years I've had these two plants, not one volunteer - their white flowers are loved by bees and butterflies. Very odd that I've yet to find one little plant baby somewhere in the garden.