I've been laughingly referring to our backyard as a jungle for weeks now. I've apparently been saying that every year in July, but it's more true than ever this year. See?
Look at the great shade on the back of the house! We have insane afternoon sun in the backyard and it's nice to finally have something to block a bit of it and cool the house off naturally.
The tree on the left is a curly willow that originally came in a flower arrangement I sent Tim. It lived for many years in a large pot and never got taller than 3 feet. When we moved into our house, we planted it in the backyard were it's gradually gotten a wee bit taller every year.
The bushy thing on the right is a Celeste Fig tree that also started as a twig. It's never produced as many figs as it has the potential to produce - celeste figs suffer from fig drop whenever the weather shifts dramatically between hot/humid and hot (but cooler) temperatures, which effectively describes to a T the weather in Nashville.