My Rose of Sharon tree--an althea did just what it was supposed to do and flowered with pretty, tiny pink flowers all over it.
This is a little better picture of it.
So, for the most part, I am happy with how things turned out with my plantings this summer. Two bushes I planted died but it was because I forgot to water them and my tomatoes are doing so so. Hopefully, this Spring, we are going to pour a new concrete pad in our backyard and I can get serious about planting things back there. My grumpy backyard neighbor hates our "just grass" but who cares. He is mean and grumpy and my kids love all of the space to run around.