He does the really physical stuff and leaves the planting and tending to me. With the memory of our
record summer and fall temps last year I am on the look out for flowering plants that thrive in the heat. We've slowly been pulling everything out of this side garden and filling it with hibiscus and geraniums. They seem to love it in there and their happy unassuming faces always bring a smile to my face. I love a flower that doesn't mind a little neglect during the long, hot, dog days of summer.
This stone walkway that rings the grass was definitely one of the deal clinchers when we first looked at our little cottage. At the end of this pathway, just as you turn the bend, there's a small waterfall and pond that adds the right amount of motion and noise to the backyard.
This picture from last summer shows where we planted some tall trees along the back fence for privacy and we've added a couple of more shade trees since then along with a couple of raised bed planters for growing vegetables. Nothing big, just enough to harvest a few tomatoes and summer veggies. I am always looking forward to being more self sufficient especially now that I have more time (and less money) to piddle around out back.
Any suggestions for easy to grow vegetables that don't take up too much room? I know I want tomatoes and peppers but would like to put in a few more basics to round it out. What about you? Have you started tilling your soil or are you still in the dreaming of spring stage?