I am no fan of spiders when they are in my house with me. But I don't mind them out of doors and minding their own business.
About three years ago, I found my first backyard garden spider. Since then, about midsummer, I find one or two. This year, though, this year, I have four. These are strangely pretty orb weavers and can get rather large for comfort.
And funnily enough, three of them are living in the same little clump of irises. That's how I got the pictures, their webs are practically on top of each other.
The largest one had a bumblebee in her web a few days ago. I'm afraid I might find a small child next! :)