As part of the ongoing road work throughout our neighborhood, our street corner has been dug open and repaved multiple times over the course of the past year. The last time they redid the side walk before the winter, they were rather imprecise with the asphalt and spread it several inches into our garden, over the hostas and other plants edging the garden bed. Evidently, though, an inch of asphalt and tar is not enough to stop the hostas and common violets (Viola sororia):
Hosta shoots pushing through the asphalt
More impressively, perhaps, a violet struggling to free itself
Prettier pictures will return with the next post...