It's amazing what a little warmth can do!
Because not everything goes perfectly in nature.... Here's a look at the things that aren't coming back
Butterfly Weed (Milkweed): It doesn't seem to be coming back. I read that it's a late starter, so I'll give it a few more weeks.
Anemones: Not seeing any sign of these guys. But they bloomed late last year so maybe they are just taking their time.
Foxglove: I love it, but I have the worst luck with Foxglove. It's a plant that only lives two years (only blooming on the last) but it's suppose to seed so prolifically, that it just keeps coming up year after year. I've tried twice now, but mine just doesn't seem to come back. I'll keep trying though. It really attracts the bumble bees.
Heath: This one is not a surprise. It wasn't a healthy plant to begin with. The first year, it got crowded out by the Daisies, so I moved it, but it never really bounced back. I got a few bits of green on it last year, but now it is officially dead.
Salvia: I know I moved it, and I'm not seeing any signs of it anywhere. It's suppose to be a butterfly favorite so I'll have to pick another up.
English Daisies: I should really know better with these ones. I can never keep them... but they are so cute, I just keep trying!
Oriental wedding poppies: They were doing great. Then they got smooshed. I thought they were coming back, but now they've disspeared again! Never did get to see them bloom.
Alpine Aster: This was a clearance plant I bought the first year I was here. It did really well and was a nice, early bloomer. But it doesn't seem to be coming back this year.
Ice plant: I bought three of these for the tree garden and it doesn't look like any of them survived. The rest of the sedum has taken over so it's ok.