Peonies & Heuchera!
Thanks to this forum I learned about Timberline Gardens in Arvada (CO) -- within the past fortnight my two year-old and I've made three visits. It's expensive, but I love that all the plants I've thus far purchased have been grown by them, so there's a better chance they'll do well plus they're small, so I only have to wrestle a smaller hole, not one for a one-gallon pot ....
I bought five Heuchera Plum Pudding to replace the ones the dry winter and ignorant me killed:
and four Lamium Orchid Frost:
I also took some Sedum, a hollyhock (one didn't make it through the winter), a Gaillardia and four Digitalis. Getting dirt under the fingernails is so fun!
I was also so grateful for the wet snow and rain -- weeding is so much easier when the ground is damp .... And while weeding, I found that you all were right and my previously-thought-lost peonies are, in fact, still alive and kicking! I just cannot believe how excited I was to see those nubbins popping up!
Thank you for all the hand holding!
Next are mulch and some tree planting in the backyard, but you all have given me such encouragement and inspiration.