I was surprised to find these autumn crocus in bloom right out in front of the house next to the wisteria trunk. And under overgrown lemon balm. I keep promising to move them to a better spot, but invisible as they are in July when that move should occur it never happens. Maybe next year.
Since I have not been out to weed or care for the garden in what seems like weeks, there were other surprises like the first bloom on this Montauk daisy. A couple of weeks ago I was visiting a friend in Connecticut and her Montague daisy wasn’t blooming either. Isn’t it late for this to just be starting?
Another surprise was the berries on this cotoneaster, name lost, that grows in a tangle with a more ground-hugging cotoneaster. This is what happens when you plant something with no idea how it will spread.
Last year there were almost no holly berries, but look at this year. What a happy surprise.
The other happy surprise has been the survival of pale pink lisianthus. My photo doesn’t begin to do it justice. Lisianthus is not easy to start from seed, and I bought a six pack of tiny seedlings. It took a long time for them to get growing and definitely could have done better growing in a container. Maybe next year.
ADDENDA – I want to thank Julie, a close reader, who corrected me. I have MONTAUK daisies growing in my garden. I appreciate all such corrections and clarifications.