We've had plenty of rain over the past few weeks following a dry dry summer. As often happens in that circumstance, some trees and shrubs have forced out exaggeratedly large and colorful shoots to adorn plants whose foliage is, otherwise, faded, green, and generally sad looking. Japanese Maples have quite a tendency to push these oddly incongruous shoots. The Loropetalums are going a step farther; they're flowering sporadically. They do do this; it's one of their assets. You're apt to see the odd flower anytime from, usually, late fall through winter and into spring when the main floral display happens. It's a fun little bonus.