The landscaper came again today and dropped off the rest of the materials. They'll be here first thing in the morning, and he said they were going to finish tomorrow. I can't wait to see how it turns out. I also asked him to paint our front door, and he said he would but couldn't get to it right away.
I went to the nursery yesterday afternoon and bought a few plants to go in the side garden in front of the gate. I got two Japanese Sky Pencil Hollies that I love, love, love. I read up on them and they're supposed to be very hardy. They grow to 10 feet at maturity and don't need pruning to keep that tall, slender shape. The red shrub is Japanese Barberry.
That purple flowered plant is a Mexican Bush Sage. Supposed to be hardy around here and attracts butterflies and hummingbirds: http://www.floridata.com/ref/S/salv_leu.cfm
After looking at all these plants on the Internet, my little plants look kind of pathetic.
Gotta go. More later on in the weekend. Much love.