You gardeners know how patient you have to be sometimes.
At other times...
This first picture is my 30 year old hydrangea. No lie. The people before me planted it. The brown things are leaves that got frosted recently but notice that the old wood is leafing out again, so I should get flowers this year.
These lilies of the valley came up on their own and I've preserved them since they seem to be quite happy growing through the bricks for the last 25 years. Near them below this photo is a fern that migrated from a neighbor's yard. It is in the spore stage now.
Here is a frowsy little patch but if you have good eyes you can see the leaves of the violets that bloomed last week. A neighbor who doesn't like them (!) dug them out of her yard and I asked for them. Notice the lily of the valley to the right, which is the descendant of some that I DID transplant.
And here is what looks like a personal triumph. This is shady ground next to the hydrangea, where hosta were starting to take over. I'm no fan of hosta so I dug some of them out and ordered a couple of roots of wild ginger. That was two years ago and they bloomed for the first time last year; they bloomed again last week and I apologize for not getting a picture then. It's a native plant to my region so I doubt anybody is going to complain no matter how far they spread.
And that's an example of how sometimes gardeners don't have to wait all that long.
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