I've already asked Denny to transplant some bushes that the builders of the house had planted in odd places. Next year we'll think about a tiny vegetable garden. I will have to learn what flowers are happy here in Zone 9 before I start investing in a lot of plants, but they have classes for that down here too and I'll be arranging to attend one soon. Down here there's pretty much a class for everything, actually. The important one will be the care and feeding of citrus fruit trees and palm trees; that's not something we ever had up in Ohio and we're clueless in how to keep these trees alive and producing.
When we did our walk through with the previous owners of the house, I pointed out an empty nest in the lime tree, which the owners hadn't noticed. Four weeks later the fledgling mockingbirds left the next. I was amazed at how quickly the entire process of egg laying to hatching to feeding to pushing the little ones out of the nest occurred. What I haven't been able to do yet is attract any hummingbirds, which is extremely disappointing because both Denny and I enjoy the antics of these fiercely territorial little birds.