This season will be remembered as the wait and see year. I'm not sure how many of the plants will fare considering everything that has been moved, replaced or dumped on by what seems to be an unusually frigid winter. Some flowers like the daffodils are taking longer than those I've spotted on other blogs ... or even around the neighborhood. These are well established so I'm guessing they're just slow out of the gate.
Last month I divided a Shasta daisy that was a mass of roots and grass. I've spread the individual plants throughout the front beds, hoping they'll take root and fill in many of the gaps out there. This is one of my favorite flowers and it will be much appreciated if it holds steady.
Pachysandra was uprooted during the backyard renovation. It seems to be maintaining, but I'm not sure if it's thriving. This can be an overused plant but I like its large glossy evergreen leaves. The flowers aren't anything spectacular, but it's in a dog-accessible area so the pooches wouldn't be marring any beauty queens.
Hebe 'Mrs. Windsor' displays a bit of her old self after suffering quite a blow this winter. Like most of my larger leafed Hebe, this one is showing severe stress and "burn" I guess. That spot of burgundy flesh gives me hope, however, that this may just make it after all.
The latest addition to my garden is Indian Plum, thanks to King County's Native Plant Salvage Program. Its already leafing out, which is promising. The female plants will berry, but I've read you need a male nearby. Anyone out there know if this is in fact true? And if so, does it need to be a live-in or can it just be some acquaintance down the street?