I was completely surprised by a flower on the little Leuchtenbergia principis, purchased back in February at the San Diego C&S show.
Either it really likes where I planted it, or it really hates where I planted it (and is desperate to bloom before it dies). It looks happy, though. Including the flower, it is 3" (7.5 cm) tall.
Then there was this, which surprised but also puzzled. (The Echeveria flower sitting on the concrete chip next to the plantlet is for scale.)
Where the heck did that come from? What is it? Poking around in the soil exposed a Yucca root, in a planter that contains no Yuccas. Ah. Right. Four or five months ago I moved a 'Bright Star' Yucca from the front slope to the west slope. A fat piece of bulbous root came loose from the movee--would it produce a new plant? (Can a garden ever have to many 'Bright Star' Yuccas?) What did I have to lose trying? Shoved the root into loose soil where any sprout would be easily visible, and then of course, completely forgot about it. Months later...Huh. How 'bout that?