We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It depends on how one defines growth and plant growth is usually based on size. Yes, evergreens can photosynthesize in the winter by gaining very minor amounts of weight. But their growth, defined as an increase in size, is usually restricted to a very short period in the early summer. Most would say that a germinating seed grows; but, although it is increasing in size, it is actually losing weight, having more carbon loss via respiration than gain through photosynthesis (they initially have little leaf area for photosynthesis). Deciduous trees in north temperate areas grow (increase in size) in the spring when they aren't photosynthesizing (no leaves!)--their growth is possible because of carbon stored the previous summer.