- The First Nandina - This was planted after a fall plant swap. It went into dormancy and stayed that way. A second Nandina obtained a year later is alive and well.
- Shasta Daisy - This was also planted after a fall plant swap. It grew well into the spring, began budding, then, well, began pushing up daisies.
- Rudbeckia - seeds were planted after a fall plant swap and grew nothing but dirt in the spring
- Coneflower - again with the seeds. After planting in the fall AND spring, they at least provided some organic matter to the soil.
- Lily - an unknown peach Asian lily was planted after two separate swaps. They hit a home run, thriving and multiplying in their home yard, but struck out in my yard. A third lily was obtained last fall (the donor cannot give them away fast enough) and is now growing this spring!
- Mahogany Iris - these did not come with a name, and after an exhaustive search of the internet, are still nameless. Growing well.
- Dwarf Coreopsis - ('Nana') this was picked up last spring with two blossoms. Today, there are dozens - very happy in its location.
- St. John's Wort - ('Brigadoon') picked up last spring. This lights up a shady spot with chartreuse green, but to date hasn't grown much.
- Dwarf Hosta - again, no name is associated with these 3-year old donations.
- Purple Iris - (no name again) a handful of small rhizomes from last fall produced one flower stalk this spring. However, I was expecting a Japanese iris from the gardener's description last year.
- Spiderwort - these took off upon planting last spring. Today they are a blooming, healthy, happy bunch.
- New England Asters - I donate some purple ones every year, but picked up some magenta. You can't kill 'em if you tried.
- Gooseneck Loostrife - [22.6.2008] after two years, this ground cover is covering a lot of ground, requiring spring cleaning.
Blooming: dutch iris, bearded iris, rose,
spiderwort, coreopsis, salvia