My absolute favorite flower is Japanese Anemone. I tried several times to get them started, but always failed. Then I ordered 3 more...thinking that this would be the last time I would try them. This picture from last year's garden shows just one pink anemone plant. Three of them grew all last year and I was really happy. I think I had 2 pink and 1 white one. In late fall, I pulled some of my neighbor's pine needles over and sort of covered the flower bed. Not a lot of pine straw....just a little tucking in here and there. All during the harsh winter, I thought about these plants out there.....wishing that I had taken a little more time in covering things. Early spring came and no sign of them. I think that I moved a little to fast this year. I thought that several things in the yard had been killed by the weather. I now know that I needed more patience, because the anemones were just taking their time. I noticed just this week that they are up and have multiplied. Yesterday, I was planting some annual herbs in that vicinity...and I decided to pull some things out that were running rampant there, so the anemones could have a little more room. I have some ajuga that has grown so thick. It pulls out easily and you really can't hurt it. I think that thinning actually makes it grow more. Now here I am this morning saying I can't wait for fall to see these bloom.