It’s a struggle
It’s a struggle for plants trying to live in the planter bed out back, where it’s shady in the best of times, shady and dry and hot in the harder times, and freezing and covered with snow at the worst of times.
I thought the Japanese Painted Fern had given up after a goose plucked what fronds it had managed to put out this spring, but look.
OK, so the fern is persistent. Thing is, I kept a sweet potato too long in the kitchen awhile back and it sprouted — a lot. I cut off the sprouts and planted them. I left hardly any tuber, since I had no idea what I was doing other than “not throwing away the pretty pinkish leaves.” Brad didn’t think they’d make it, but look.
The problem? I planted the sweet potatoes sorta really really close to the fern I thought was dead. It’s a pathetic miracle plant throwdown!