September 18, 2002
The painting at the house finished Monday and it looks wonderful. We have also finished pulling most of the ivy at the front of the house, which has opened up the beds for more colorful plants and provides a much cleaner look. The focus for the next few days will be clearing the basement, de-grouting the tile in our bathroom, packing, and setting up services (DSL, Cable/Satellite TV, etc.).
I would suggest winter-hardy rosemary and lavender. These are drought-tolerant - can go for a few days without watering and grow like crazy. I have two rosemaries and two lavenders in the front of the house and last weekend I had to cut a good amount of the rosemary bushes.