Although we've had a setback with the loss of some roses lately, (and losing roses shouldn't seem so bad but one of them was a 10 foot iceberg rose) we have seen some minor successes also.
The astilbes I planted in the shadegarden last year are coming up.
These red primroses I bought for the front porch last year and then transplanted to the shade garden are in bloom. I haven't had a lot of luck with primroses returning other than a few pink ones I've had for years.
These goofy Fritillaria imperialis keep coming up. They haven't bloomed in years. I moved them a few years ago into this sunnier spot, hoping that would motivate them to show off.
(OK, that wasn't a success story.)
Take a look at Kathleen's.
Better appreciate the daffodils while they're here, they've already started fading.
I think the Professor de Monsseri tulips are just as pretty closed as they are open.
(You can see them in our header.)
This little blanda White Splendour I planted years ago is blooming in the gazebo.
The goldfinches have been at our feeders all winter but now they're back in full force and in living color.
Just look at that female stretching her neck to get at the seed.
I should leave a little sign out there with my daughter's address on it. She's waiting for these guys to show up at her feeder.