I finally got around to uploading the pictures from this past Winter...just as bad as I remembered!
And Jason's beloved bamboo:
But then Spring comes and things stop looking so hopeless!
I've planted a new rose next to the Indigo Spires: it's a Veilchenblau, like the ones I planted against the back fence last year. Jason is going to build an arbor for it to climb, which should also give that center bed some height.
More of the new bed:
(No, that Cordyline didn't come back from the dead. We got a new one. But the pineapple lillies are coming back on their own!)
And my bearded irises. I haven't seen the wine-colored one (Merlot?) in a few years.
Unfortunately none of the ones I planted that I'd left in a box all Winter have done much yet. I haven't declared them legally dead, but I did encourage them to make out a Last Will and Testament. I dream of dozens of simultaneous iris blooms but it has yet to manifest.
On the bright side I found a website for Louisiana Irises since those seem to be the ones I have the best luck with. I'm going to order some late Summer. I'll have my masses of iris blooms one way or another!
I've given up trying to get rid of the Henry Duelberg Salvia. I've tried to pull it up for the last two years and the result is always the same: