To wrap things up here is a photo of the front of the house. I have planted everything in yellow, purple and white which I do almost every year. Currently in the perennial garden I have lilies and the climbing rose blooming. They will soon be followed by yellow salvia, anemone and the standard hydrangea.
Well on the topic of the house we live in the "bad" side of the city but on a very quiet dead end street. Last year we had a foreclosure on the street, which sat empty for a long time and then riffraff moved in last fall. Fast forward to July 1st, the police raided the house and seized thousands in cocaine and hundreds of pills. It didn't at all surprise me, I was calling it the "crack house" but apparently I should have been calling it the "coke house". With any luck the trash moves on now and we get normal neighbors again!
So that just about sums up what has been going on around the house this season. I'll get some regular posts going once I start harvesting from the garden again.