...in these two photos. In the first photo, it's green and shaggy and way too tall. It took a lot of hot work to get that monster bush in front of the door cut down to waist height. It's mostly sticks and thorns now, but it'll fill out with leaves eventually. The other bushes weren't near as much work; they had tall shoots, but the main "body" was still a reasonable size.
Tomorrow, the Home Depot guys are coming to install new storm doors on the front and utility-back doors and new French doors in place of the sliding glass doors in the den. We'll be very glad to have good doors up. June bugs and skeeters are getting in through the 2" gap under the old front storm door. The bottom glass pane is missing on the utility-room storm door, so we can't leave the door open for air on nice days. And since the big tree in back was taken down, we've had to tape up black trash bags over the sliding glass doors to keep the sun out. They're ever so attractive, but we're willing to sacrifice them for better insulation. :)
After we get the doors and tree-removal paid off, and save up a few bucks, we're going to call our favorite contractor to put up a patio cover for us.