Hi nutcutlet, I definitely picked the wrong year to start gardening I planted my shrubs a bit too hastily, but I am really chuffed by their recovery. They have all got new shoots and a couple have flower buds. The only one I am a little disappointed with is choisya. Its a dark green and not the yellow, but all the leaves are pale, but there are some new buds coming out.
As for the perennials, I failed with osteos, I have had a big learning curve as far as growing seeds. The veg seems okay, but the flowers are hit and miss. I lost some by watering with a watering can! I lost others by leaving the lid on the propagator. Others got too "leggy" on a South windowsill, fell over and withered.
I bought some geraniums and petunias which were pretty well developed. I have 1 purple flower on one petunia and 1 pink geranium, out of 20 each!