Well done your grandchildren, Mo. I have a cotoneaster hedge down the side of my veggie plot, and have left it for a couple of years, the berries are so beautiful, and the birds enjoy them, I think.
My strawberry patch is taking over a lot of the veg plot, which is now not used, but last years, I sprinkled wild flower and poppy seeds over the bare earth. A friend cut my three week of growth grass last summer, and dumped the cuttings on the plot, which I raked out, and it stopped a lot of weeds coming through.
At the weekend, I noticed primroses flowering under the magnolia, and primrose leaves are up under the pear tree. The snowdrops are stunning this year, fourteen clumps under the big hedge, plus daffodil and narcissi shoots. The orchard, which only has three trees, two little more than sticks, has too many snowdrop clumps to count now. Only two flowering aconite clumps appear to have survived, despite planting around a dozen a few years since.