Despite the big dry, there is still plenty of new growth in spring. It's wonderful to wander around the garden after I've been away for a while (which I'm doing a lot of at the moment thanks to a run of work trips) and see what tenacious little plants are popping up and getting stronger.
Our friends gave us some water chestnut and it died down over winter, as it does, but the new growth is now back and looking gorgeous. You don't get much greener than that. I've put these two pots of water chestnuts in a a large bowl so I can keep the water up to them. Then the bowl is in the middle of the raised garden bed area. But when the dogs come into this area to "help" me water, they also help themselves to a lovely drink from said bowl. It took me a while to work out how the water chestnuts could possibly use up their water so quickly.