I love finding surprises out in the garden. Some surprises I hope will eventually come, but there can be a lot of waiting to see them actually happen. The seedlings appearing that I didn't plant or a long awaited flower on a plant I was about to give up on definitely surprised me yesterday.
When these Sunflowers started sprouting awhile ago my neighbor asked if I planted them. I had planted some last year in this spot, but this year I planted them in other places. I don't know if Sunflower seeds can survive the winter or if the birds found some really nice seeds to drop here.
This is the first one of the surprise Sunflowers to bloom. I know Sunflowers follow the sun, I was interested to see that even the buds of the unopened flowers followed the sun.
Honeybees love Sunflowers.
Who needs sun when one of these pretty flowers lights up the area.
My other surprise yesterday was this Water Lily. It's been in our pond for almost 3 years and this is it's first bloom.
Even more exciting is that there is another bud waiting to open.
Nestled near the Water hyacinth, it was close enough to try and smell. I balanced and hoped my next door neighbor wasn't looking. No, it didn't smell.
My friend Anna gave this to me when they decided to fill in their pond. I remember seeing it bloom in her pond and couldn't wait to see it flowering in mine. I love the rows of petals on it. I have two other Water lilies in the pond as well. I had decided I'd just be happy with the lily pads from this one, I'm glad I left it in the pond now that I reminded how pretty the flowers are.
We've had just enough rain falling the last couple of days to wake up some of the plants lying down from the dry heat. Another nice surprise for sure.