My back garden is very small and has the added problem of a neighbours very tall and unwieldy conifers shading it and taking all the goodness out of the soil (I hate the damn things!). I spend a lot of time in my garden in summer - it becomes an outdoor room for me to sit and read/eat etc. A pop up Gazebo ensures that summer showers don't send me scuttling back indoors. I'm going to spend the winter months re-thinking and planning my garden for next year. Currently, we are still flying the Royal Wedding bunting, which is complementing the very patriotic red, blue and white planting scheme.
A MAJOR source of delight for me has been watching my very dead looking Bay tree spring back to life big style after the cold winter set back - it's never has such enormous leaves on it. "Green Shoots of recovery" is often a term used for financial recovery - fingers crossed that the world economy recovers in the same way that my Bay tree has. If only my bucket of Comfrey Soup feed worked on the GBP/Euro/Dollar!