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Gardening grows on you after a brutal winter

Revisiting gardens is one of spring's great pleasures. After a brutal winter, every garden seems like a miracle. Recent rains, combined with some very warm days, have made for prodigious growth. Intermittent cool days have held the beauty long enough for one round of blooming plants to be enjoyed before the next breaks open. Every morning, I rush to see my garden. Revisiting it brings daily surprise. Peonies are popping open now like can-can dancers. Three new rose bushes, planted last September, are budding, and one is showing its pink color. Nearby, artemisias look dead. A tiny bit of growth shows on one, but the other is bare. Our old mophead hydrangeas, new camellias and leucothoes...