Clematis— Just yesterday, Lucy and I were lamenting the fact that none of the Clemati that we've endeavored to plant have amounted to anything. They're fragile climbers, for sure, but around this time of year, when you start seeing them blooming, wrapped around people's lamp posts and such, you think: "I want one of those!" So I've tried for a couple of years to get one established.
I thought I'd failed.
Then, putting my bike away today, I was closing the back yard gate and what a surprise to see this fella, who's actually been quietly gaining a foothold of substance up the side of the chainlink fence. It made my day, it did.