In the 12 months ending April 30, 2007, dress sales had increased by 30%, compared to a 5% increase for overall women's clothing, according to the NPD group.  In trying to understand the fickleness of women's fashion, one popular theory is that dresses--which are one piece--make it easier to match one's top and bottom apparel. Target (TGT) and British department store H&M are examples of retailers that have keyed in on this fashion trend.
Growing things is so much fun! I grew punmkips last summer at work, and many beautiful scented flowers. But it's funny, plants always seem to suddenly grow when you least expect it. Like if you forget to check them for a few days. It's a nice surprise when you find them later :-)