LAYTON -- Playing in the dirt is how Ann Dare spends a good portion of her summer.
There are flowers to plant and then flower beds to weed, vegetables to plant and vegetables to weed. It's plenty of work, but also plenty of pleasure.
"I just like doing it -- it's therapeutic," says Dare. "You just go out there and you're alone and you can dig in the dirt and plant things and make it look nice."
The backyard of Dare's Layton home was pretty much empty when she and husband Jesse first moved in years ago. Step by step, it's come to be filled with an herb garden, brick pathways that loop through the yard, trellises covered in climbing honeysuckle and roses, and a potting shed with a comfy wicker chair for a weary gardener to rest in.
"It just kind of goes on and on," Dare says, adding, "It seems like every year we think of something else to do."
Photographs of the Layton garden were submitted by a neighbor of Dare's in response to the Standard-Examiner's request for pictures of outstanding flower gardens. This is a cottage-style garden, complete with white picket fences and a variety of colorful flowers, from cosmos to petunias to zinnias.