Just finished de-leafing a ton of green and purple basil in preparation for pesto making. DH should have picked this crop a week ago; 7 days made the difference between nice, full leaves, and a lot of semi-chewed leaves. It all gets ground up anyway, but it isn't nearly as satisfying to do the same amount of leaf stripping & only net half as much. We'll pick earlier on the second crop!
Now if you really want to be green with envy, take a look at the garden in my SIL's father's house; he's recreated a Mexican courtyard right here, in eastern Pennsylvania.
This is only a small part of the garden. What you can't really see in the picture, is the large koi pond buried in the middle of it. And it's just one of 3 ponds! The garden is lit in various places as well. See that tin star hanging in the very back? At night it is lit from within, and creates a lovely, twinkling highlight. What a lush and delightful place!