More than in most years, our garden is hosting unexpected, but welcome, visitors. This sunflower planted itself in a chimney pot tub outside my study window. A snapdragon found its way into one of a pair of urns (they came originally from my mother's garden) and sits there amongst some pansies: cornflowers are growing up unbidden in the other urn. Violas peep between the French beans. A cabbage appeared in the lavender, and an iris and a couple of cos lettuces are bravely growing in the cracks of the paving outside our tool shed. All this contrasts with the usual failed seed sowings of course. Very mysterious.
P.S. No, it can't be the chickens, which are safely fenced in, in our otherwise "municipal-looking" front garden.