It was a very pleasant surprise to see these in the garden this morning:
I planted seeds of Scottish Bluebells (Campanula rotundifolia) in Spring 2010 after the Chief of Implementation and I finished building the Terraced Driveway Bed. I also planted white Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima) and Adonis aestivalis. The Sweet Alyssum germinated right away and has reseeded and spread each year since. There was no sign of either the Adonis or the Scottish Bluebells in 2010. I was pleasantly surprised when the Adonis showed up in 2011, but there was no sign of the Scottish Bluebells. I assumed they were growing in that great Garden in the Sky.
I noticed them for the very first time while touring the garden today. Presumably, they just took their time growing.
Dave’s Garden has a lovely article on this plant. Here’s to unexpected surprises.