As Lou Erickson said, "Gardening requires lots of water-most of it in the form of perspiration."
In 2003, we removed our above-ground swimming pool.
Somedays I miss the pool. Overall, though, I'm glad we decided to turn the area into a large cottage garden. The gardening journey began in earnest in 2004. By 2011, it was good enough to warrant a spot on the Polk County Master Gardeners Tour which drew over 500 visitors.
And it just keeps getting better. It delights me every day.
Have you ever seen a prettier annual than Love-in-a-mist? Easy to grow, stunning, and free seeds will be available this fall to anyone who emails me and requests them (Canada and U.S.).
Tradescantia 'Sweet Kate'
Nepeta 'Walker's Low'
Clematis 'Piilu' is full of blooms. A close-up below:
"Let no one think that real gardening is a bucolic and meditative occupation. It is an insatiable passion, like everything else to which a man gives his heart." ~Karel Capek