How does our garden grow?

I can literally take no credit for how our yard looks. I would truly rather be inside doing activities such as eating cupcakes, reading some sort of lady novel, and avoiding sunburn and sweat.
But since moving into our house last year, Joe (to no one’s surprise) delved into yard work. Between tending to the lawn and the plants nearly every day and enlisting the help of his siblings, he has vastly improved the look of our yard. Yes, I participated in the selection of some of our flowers, but between the two of us, he is the one with the vision and the green thumb.
 Here are some close-ups of some of my favorite elements in our yard this year.

Yep, he is a good fella to keep around.