I've been happier with my front garden since I moved away from carefully coordinating shapes and colors and just started sticking plants in wherever I could find twelve inches of bare ground. Yes, I know it was "wrong" to plant cool blue delphiniums next to this big royal-blue pot of red, hot pink, and orange impatiens, but this quirky, colorful hodgepodge is true cottage-garden style.
The bench in the background, accessed by a flagstone path behind the fountain, is a great place to watch butterflies and daydream.
I used to hand-water many of the plants in this garden, which includes six rose bushes. Now I just connect the hose to this tall copper sprinkler, which spends its free time posing as garden art.
If you're still wondering why I haven't been blogging about writing lately, it's the garden's fault....