For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.
--Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Even though it is a windy, overcast and cold day here in the Northeast, I bring to you the first sign of Spring. This is a photo of some plants we have in containers on our back porch--they have been in my husband's family since the 1950s! Unfortunately, he doesn't know the name of the plant--if anyone does please let me know.
These are the hardiest plants we have-we don't take them in for the winter--I do let the leaves that fall remain in the pots to provide some warmth, but I suspect it is my mother's instinct that seeks to protect & nurture them, and they would be fine on their own. They grow slowly to maturity and finally bloom with small, delicate purple flowers in August. Over the course of the next several months, I will hopefully remember to take some progress photos!