Every year I try to expand one of my flower beds or create a new one so I have less lawn and more flowers. In the spring of 2010 I added a large area to one of the shady gardens. The photo below is the garden in April 2010. A few tulips popped up from a fall planting but not much else is in place yet.
The photo below is April 2012 and I think the garden has filled in beautifully. But the amazing thing to me is what our nonexistent winter has done for the plants in this area. This is usually what the garden would look like in late May or early June.