Dead things coming to life.
After the nasty, nasty winter we had, my gardens looked pretty dismal. Three large Nandina were leafless, brittle and sad. A Dogwood was nothing but twigs. Other perennials were gone or almost gone. I bought a couple new Nandina, but when I got close enough to dig out the old ones, noticed a few, sparse leaflets on the "dead" plant. Then, while mowing, I caught glimpse of a few leaf buds on the Dogwood. Now only the crape myrtle look lost, but I've learned for experience that they wait until you've given up all hope to put forth green.
There is hope in my heart!!!