I've been growing eastern prickly pears since 2009 and for many years they refused to bloom. Last year the clumps were covered in blooms and it looks like it will be putting on an even bigger show this year!
Last year was the first year I really actively tried growing food in the yard. I can't say it was very successful, but it was a real treat to have white zucchini and caserta.
Last summer was my best summer for potted palms. They looked so healthy, it was really nice!
My Mekong giant was a very successful banana purchase