Today I went past one of the schools where John is the gardener. I don't go that way often, but I was blown away by the display of hollyhocks pushing their way through the fence onto the street.
There was something of the Great Escape about them, as if they couldn't wait to get out of the confinement of the school grounds.
Amazingly - and I hope I'm not tempting providence - the good citizens of the Isle of Dogs stepped aside so as not to impede their progress.
See them from the D7 bus on Manchester Road, opposite Island Gardens DLR station, and raise a cheer.