This is really close to a garden brag, in fact. Below, a photograph of my not-heating season office, where I sit -- on the path, about where the "Lungwort" label is -- and work whenever I can (and I should really get off the vampire shift, so I don't miss the morning). The photograph is not very good, since the iPad [Hi, NSA! [waves]] lens is pretty lo-res, but I didn't want to dig a camera out from the morass in my kitchen and then figure out how to charge it. Anyhow, I making keen diagrams with Skitch, an iPad app.
But the photograph and the sketch show the design. I thought of doing this after I tried to count the varieties of flowers before me, and got up to nine (9) before I lost track. The diagram shows 15 (fifteen) but that doesn't count the orange lilies which are on the other side of the property line (and which I don't like anyhow), the tomatoes, some little frondy-like self-seeded wildflowers, and several kinds of weeds. And I forgot to label the clover, which appear as small white blobs close to the lungwort.
Blue is perennial; green is annual.
The photograph is also a little distorted, or completely realistic, in that from where I sit, none of the invading weeds and uncut grass at the bottom of the photo, which with a better, or worse, lens I would not have left in the frame, are in my field of vision. So I see only a panorama of flowers, and smell the iris, roses, and honeysuckle, and watch the pollinators on their rounds, and flee for the porch when a shower passes overhead. So, immense pleasure from not much money ($200 tops over three or four years) and not much work (a day to get the stone dust path in, and minutes here and there for the flowers.
As to the mystery flowers: Read below the fold...