Last winter was a brutal one in Michigan, perhaps not as catastrophic as other parts of the country, but the snow was relentless. Michigan set an all-time record for snowfall, and it landed on my patio and stayed there for several months. I had never before seen the snow piled that high! I hadn't done a very good fall cleanup before the winter thanks to two bad knees, so it was a pretty sorry site. I just hoped that the snow pack was protecting my plants rather than destroying them.
My prayers were answered - welcome to my jungle oasis! There's hardly a bare spot of ground; everything is filling in so well that I expect my biggest challenge this year will be pruning to keep it in check. But that's okay. That's just what I wanted.
My Astilbe are late; just now getting ready to bloom.
The Bittersweet vine is flourishing. It has more little blossoms than ever.
My climbing Hydrangea continues to grow like crazy. In fact, this year I had to have a landscaper come in and do a serious pruning because the vine was in danger of taking down my fence!
Basket of bright yellow petunias.