Around the house...
At the fence:
The flower beds in the back corner actually have a few flowers:
I'm not sure exactly what kind of flowers/plants I want, but I will say that I need durable plants that don't need a lot of work and care. I'd like to say that now that I'll be home, I could tend to the plants, but why pretend...I won't do that even if I had the perfect weather and all the time in the world! That's just not something I like to do, so no matter the optimum conditions, I know I won't work in the yard. The good thing, I think, is that the plants along the house all face north so they shouldn't be getting in harsh sun light, which hopefully leaves a lot of options for plant selection.