I have at one time had a large garden away from home, it is such a chore. So much harder than being right there with it all the time. Here at home when there is nothing to do...well always something to do..but that is a great time to be weeding. It gives you the special time to actually enjoy "gardening" when you want. Of course that garden was a vegetable garden also, and that is so much more work than a flower garden. My wife and I just did a batch of pickles, had to go get all the necessary stuff...jars, lids, sugar, vinegar, seasoning etc. and had to go to two different stores to get it, everything at this time of year is almost sold out. Then we had to cut up all the cucumbers, mix up all the stuff, tomorrow we will have to cook them etc. Then with corn and tomatoes you have a lot of extra work...yes, give me a flower garden...nothing to do but smell the roses. Of course, also the manure and the milorganite and the compost....you get the picture. You don't have all that extra work like with vegetables. Well you do have weeding, and pruning, and mulching and fertilizing and watering ...why the heck do we even grow flowers when you can't even eat most of them. Well, to me it always seems like 10 times as much work to have a large vegetable garden as it does to have a large flower garden.
I can certainly understand at this time of year with the heat and humidity that farming is a tough life, even when your young.