Don't get too excited about the crapes. It's not the South and they are young, but they are blooming.
The first one here is Sioux. You might have to look hard to see, but it is the pale pink flower in the bottom center. After Polar Vortex 1, I hosted a garden tour, and I had several crape myrtles which I thought were dead. There were prominent holes in the landscape so I ripped them out. Well, I didn't get them all. Apparently I left some roots here, and by the end of summer, I had some un-noticed growth. It died back completely after Vortex 2, but grew more than the previous year. This year it's flowering again. I did the same thing with Hopi, but I am still pulling out weeds. I planted my trachy in it's place, and the shoots keep coming up. Patience in spring is the lesson learned. I also actually have alocasia odoras coming up although awfully late.
Victor has been reliably hardy, but doesn't save much, if any wood. On the far left is the ruellia that survived last winter unprotected which has had a few blooms now.
Newly planted Tuscarora with overwintered-in-the-ground Canna Praetoria just starting to bloom.
This pic doesn't show it, both these 2 Eucomis look completely different, though both were bought as Sparkling Burgundy. Both are hardy so far, the one in the foreground has survived both Vortexes.
Plumie blooming for the first time.
Nice sized Mimosa I drove by today. I know of one about twice as tall, but I don't see it often and is on a road nearly impossible to stop on.