Husband and Fio have always improved the yards of their residences, from the azaleas and the camellia they planted on their side of the small duplex in which they began their married life to the taming of the all-around wildwoods surrounding their current home. In between these two, they set up a sylvan landscape in one house that featured a small pond in a background of crocuses, espaliered pyrocantha against the front wall of another, and smartened up yet another with boxwood and pittisporum hedges.
It comes naturally. Both of their mothers gardened. Husband's mother brightened up her wooded hillside with irises, and Fio's mother maintained flowerbeds in front and in back.
And Fio hopes the next generation will carry on the tradition.