I'll freely admit to having little interest in, and even less aptitude at, the practice of gardening, but I can't deny that landscaping has a tremendous effect on the appearance of a cottage. Gardening the Cottage Smith way involves selecting native species that will not adversely impact the local ecosystem, nor result in future headaches for you as cottage owner.
For aesthetic appeal, or simply to increase your sense of privacy in a heavily developed region, the proper use of flora requires both careful research and getting your hands dirty.
Garden Hoses 101
Being a City Boy for the most part, my first sight of our over-sized fire pit evoked memories of gigantic high school graduation bash bonfires, with dozens of "warm and toasty" teenagers gathered around the blaze, feeding the flames with any available logs, small trees, broken picnic tables, shelving units, uh...you get the idea.