Returning to the house after my first ramble of the day I spotted this out-of-focus Cyclamen hederifolium f. albiflorum in the species snowdrop border (with nicely focussed ivy leaves) and remembered being surprised by it last year too, but towards the end of August. I suppose it may have been there for a few days or even longer, and you would have thought I would have learned to remember to look down as well as up on every ramble – which I clearly haven’t done as later in the day I spotted that contrary to what I said on Friday the newer ‘Êtoile Violette’ to the right of the bus shelter is indeed flowering, but high up in ‘Madame Alfred Carrière’. You could have knocked me down with the proverbial feather!
The surprises didn’t end there as the Golfer has taken to the occasional ramble too, so that when I say “have you seen the so-and-so?” he can say “yes, I have”, but today he turned the tables on me by asking if I had seen the two mini cucumbers – which I hadn’t! These are ones I am trialling for Which? Gardening and had put in hanging baskets when I realised what a wasted resource the wall behind the hot borders was. I have not grown cucumbers before so don’t know if this is a particularly good year for them, but there are plenty of tiny fruits forming on the plants and these two are such a sensible size. Well spotted, Golfer!