Before buying a house, I was never much interested in gardening. But now that we've got a beautiful lawn and room to grow, flora and fauna are all that occupy my brain lately. We have a flower garden of sorts right off the driveway that's only currently housing dirt, just ready to be seeded. Its too early now, but soon I'm going to try my hand (or thumb) at planting some flowers there. I also want to plant a cherry blossom tree and a weeping willow tree in the backyard. I keep saying Whomping Willow, a la Harry Potter though! We've got a huge back yard with plenty of room and I've always loved willows. We'll plant both a good distance from the house though - I know how big those willow trees can grow. I'm also planning on putting them on the edges of the yard, not too close to our neighbors' property. I don't want to plunk down a tree in the middle of the yard and then regret it years from now if we ever decided to put in a pool or something equally large.
With all the deer in our yard, the goal is to plant flowers that they aren't likely to eat. My dad recommended daffodils, marigolds and zinnias. Do you have hungry deer roaming your yard as well? Care to share some tips?