I'm not much of a gardener but I've been more interested in it since I started having to be a grown up and owning our own houses. Our house here in Edmonton had a nasty looking front garden when we moved in, I wish I had pictures. There was this awful low pine bush thing (I think it's a mung pine?) placed in an awkward spot and then there was a purple bush against the front window that the previous owners had mangled all up by improper pruning. Brian cut the pine down and we tore out the bush and left it in the front for about a month and then the weeds took over and boy it looked terrible. Embarrassing! And of course with a newborn in the house we had no time or energy to do anything about it, until yesterday! Both boys were sleeping yesterday afternoon and I finally got out there and did something about it! There's still more to do but for now, I'm happy and not embarrassed anymore!
I've done a bit in the backyard too. This year I have a water plant and a strawberry plant on the deck. I had fish in the water plant but they all died. I think it got too murky for them. I'm going to try again with a beta fish and keep it a bit cleaner!
Last summer when we moved in, Mom came out and put in the back garden for me and tidied up the shade garden. The only bad thing was that we did this in August and chose flowers that were blooming at the time and so the garden was looking a little dreary! I added a few more perennials that bloom earlier and a number of annuals and it looks a bit better. But, then we had massive storms while we were gone in Calgary and more than half my new plants look like they drowned! I hope they haven't but they look pathetic! I think my poor sunflowers are dead though, very disappointing. The storms also snapped my Delphiniums :( Oh well, looks way better than it used to!