Last Spring when we completely transformed our backyard (you can read about it here), my parents had given us some peony plants from their garden.
When I planted them in my garden they looked ok, but in shock. After a while the leaves were turning yellowish and then brownish. My heart sank because my parents had given these to us and I really wanted them to flourish in our backyard.
So I continued watering them, even though I thought they wouldn't make it. In the fall I cut back all the sickly looking branches (which was basically all of them!) to the ground and left them be during the winter.
Then mid-Spring of this year some shoots started sprouting up. I was amazed because I was already sadly thinking what I could plant in place of the peonies. Then more shoots started sprouting. Then leaves started forming on those shoots.
"Were my eyes deceiving me?", I thought.
No they weren't!
I was then doing the happy dance!
My happy dance turned into crazy dancing when I saw this.
Then my crazy dancing turned into even more crazy dancing when I saw this.
You don't want to ask me what my even more crazy dancing turned into when I saw this. Times that by 8 because there are that many more that look like this. Yahoo!