Five for Friday

Today, I have five surprises from the garden. Taking birdseed out this morning, I’m not sure if I was more surprised to find a house finch splashing in the birdbath, or if she was surprised to see me. She left rather abruptly.

The Spirea Japonica looked rather bedraggled and ready for the season to be over…or so I thought:  

The pink coneflower was not to be outdone.

 The purple coneflower said it could do better than that,

and holds the promise of two more flowers. Don’t you like surprises like that?