Today, I have no questions for you, only pictures. I moved into my house in September, and it's a rental so the landscaping had been pretty minimal... The lilac is crazily overgrown and didn't bloom at all this year, and pretty much all that was growing when I moved in were a couple of hostas, a wild rhubarb and some lilies (day lilies, if I recall correctly). Oh, and the mountains of Virginia creeper! It's very shady, as there are tallish buildings on three sides of it, and the open side (facing southeastish) has a privacy fence. I'm in zone 5a. So with that intro out of the way, here are some pictures! (you can see all the photos with descriptions of what's in them, plus a bunch more photos of my garden, here) The view from above, so you get an idea of the layout: This is the bed that the cats were digging in. Bloodmeal seems to have worked to keep them away! (knock on wood) But I left the bamboo stakes in the back where I planted seeds, just to make sure. This is the biggest bed, in front of the porch. It's not doing too well, due to a bit of a slug problem... Gotta lay more beer traps. mmm, beer. Also, you can see some sad schizanthus... one dead, one dying. :( This is the bed in the corner, with the sad lilac. There's a purplish bush in there that I haven't identified yet, but I didn't take a picture of it for some reason... I'll have to do that. Oh, nevermind, it was easy to look up; it's a purple Cotinus. This is a planter that I'm quite pleased with; that mimulus is just gorgeous! This hanging basket is going to be great once it gets going. But there's a plant on the back (you can see it here) that I was calling coral bells for some reason, but coral bells are heuchera, and this is more like a mini-petunia... I know it's fairly common, but I don't know what it's called. Anyone? [edit: million bells! thanks!] And finally, this is my balcony planter. I'm a little disappointed in the gazania, because the balcony doesn't really get enough sun for the flowers to open all the way. :( Also, I don't know the name of one of those yellow trailing plants: the 5-petalled one with dark green roundish waxy leaves; do you know what it is? In the background are my tomatoes, with blue lobelia planted around them. You can see how the shed is completely covered in yet more Virigina creeper. :) So, that's my garden so far! As you can see, my method of plant buying involves wandering through the aisles of plants, grabbing one of each thing that I think will do well. :P I've still got a lot planned for it. I'm very excited!