Ok, so this is what we accomplished our first year attempting to garden.
We planted the sunflowers from seed, most of the others were acquired as plants and we managed to keep them alive.
The best we did our first year was getting the blackberry bush shaped around our parking spot. It supplied us with berries for a month or so.
The snowy one is from December I think and thats about the most snow we see here in a year.
ps. yes thats me in front of the sunflowers :)
if you look very closely, you can see blackbeards pirate ship sailing the airwaves above our deck.....