The garden here is always out of control. We're here so infrequently that, even with our agents out here coming every few weeks, it still always feels like we're just a few weeks away from being taken over by plants. One of the things that grows best here (logically - it being SW France) is lavender which, as it's so easy to look after, is planted everywhere - along with it's natural partner in crime, rosemary. The weather here was so bad in spring (wet and cold) that all the flowers are a little later than last year, so we have much to enjoy. And of course the bees and butterflies are having a field day.
When we first had this house (about 10 years ago) we used to come down every month. We had no-one looking after the garden then and would regularly arrive to 10 feet tall weeds on the 'lawn'. It would take a couple of days to hack them down with a scythe and then we'd come back the next month to find they'd all grown up again.
I still sometimes expect when we arrive to find a scene from Logan's Run or some such movie, with the buildings overwhelmed with trees and creepers.