In spite of the late season snow, winter was relatively mild. Most plants seemed to have come through pretty much unscathed. Although there were exceptions as some Buddleia, for example, have been slow to leaf out.
The cooler than usual spring doesn't really seem to have held much material back. And I think the plants have benefited from the somewhat gradual change. The majority are now romping away.
Rabbits caused some damage over the winter, if only they could be taught what to eat, they could do some pruning for us. As we are spacing plants, the odd snake is giving the crews a scare.