It's only a surprise because I planted the bulbs last year and nothing happened besides a few leaves popping up. I had planted them by the fence, not anticipating the shade it throws off, and so then chalked it up to a couple of dollars down the drain. To have this bulb survive the winter and decide to show up now in a mostly shady location was a surprise.
And to be perfectly frank, I don't love the color, but I'm biting my tongue.
Then I went around the corner to the Abeille Allée and saw this little gal:
More bulbs I'd planted this spring. When I bought and planted them I was envisioning rows of fragrant lilies that would captivate me with their gentle scents as I walked by. Unfortunately, this is the only one (of about a dozen) that emerged from the ground. It's not 36" tall as it's supposed to be but rather 6", so I have to get on my hands and knees to smell it. It's my midget Stargazer.
Have you had any surprises in your garden lately?