This is the first season at this house (we bought in Feb 2012) that I have witnessed the rebirth of perennials from the year before, and some new fall plantings/spring harvest crops. It seems like each year there is a little trauma and some major celebrations. For example, last year the favas that I seeded in the fall (from a package) experienced some black spot in the spring (2013). But last fall I inoculated the fava seeds I grew from the year before, before I planted them, and this spring they are looking GREAT. Huge pods. No black spot (despite the big freeze). I planted them everywhere, around trees, in most beds for nitrogen fixing, and it was a great decision.
Some other lovely things that are doing well, or seeding, are the pink-seeded spring plants around the garden. Everything is pink!
On the other hand, some things that did well last year are struggling this year. I bought my garlic from different sources last fall. And with the conditions this winter (deep freeze I guess), all of my garlic, all three types (Nootka Rose, Spanish Rioja, and Music) got RUST. Really bad. So much that it’s now spreading to my summer elephant garlic. So sad. It makes me so sad.