Monday, July 20, 2009

Lonely Lily




Looks like the construction crew left one lonely lily plant behind. Yes, this is what's left of the huge clump I tried to rescue a while ago.
Did the workers purposely leave this lily untouched?
Or was it just not necessary to remove it?

I don't know. I sent these pics off to my local newspaper. We'll see if this is a newsworthy story (in our small town, just about anything goes).

As it is, this major road construction is the talk of the town. Roads blocked off, trucks lumbering up and down the streets, dumping loads of gravel at 7:00 in the morning. Ah well, it will nice when it's all done. A bigger, wider main street with bicycle paths.






16 comments:

Grammy said...

WOW, By the survey marks it was with in inches of looking ground. But blessed that people were careful not to destroy it. That is news worthy. I hope they print it. As it is a life saved. Yea!

Have a wonderful day.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

All in the name of progress, huh????? Was that someone's front yard???? Someone had to have planted the lilies at one time. Seems like they could have given you neighbors a chance to take the lilies before they plowed them up. Maybe you can get this last bunch....

Hugs
Betsy

Wendy said...

Hi Grammy, I agree - a life saved!

Hi Betsy, it was just past somebody's side yard. I think they planted a large grouping of the lilies and they spread to the side of the road. So, these are not really part of that person's yard. I won't try to take these. I like it that they are "survivors!

beckie said...

Wendy, road construction can be such a pain. But as you say it will be nice when it is done. And wow! bicycle paths. Ni excuse now not to ride your bile again. :)

The lily will grow back quickly-these kind send runners underground. But it is odd that they left just the one....

jojo said...

I would love to see that Lily on the front page of your local paper..it has a story to tell..jj

Maggie May said...

Hope you get some response from the Paper.
Beautiful lilies. We wouldn't get anything like that in our hedgerows.
We do have major works on some major roads nearby that brings traffic to a halt in rush hour & that does make news on local radio.
Your blog is looking lovely!

Mom2-2goodboys said...

Ahhh...I'm so happy that there is one lily plant left. As we all know, lilies are hardy plants. This one plant will survive and spread. It may take a few years but it will make that area pretty again.

Let us know if your pictures make the paper.

amelia said...

This looks so sad, one lone survivor!

Just up the road from us someone is logging and I keep my doors and windows closed so I can't hear it. I keep thinking of all the nest and little things that are being displaced and killed...

Cheryl said...

Hi Wendy.....now I would be tempted to dig that plant up....it is a survivor. I would hate to see it destroyed.....

Glad you will have a bike lane.....I can see a post coming on!!!!

Florida Sue said...

Just checking in to say hello Wendy and that I am thinking of you.

XO
Sue

JeanMac said...

Rather poignant, that little plant. Hope you are well, Wendy.

Rose said...

I'm with Cheryl, Wendy--I think you should dig this one up and plant it in your garden. It certainly makes a statement where it is, though--seeming to symbolize survival.

I wonder about the story behind it--did it just escape the bulldozer? Did some construction worker feel bad and replant it there? It would have been nice if they had placed the plants to the side of the road so passersby could rescue them, but of course, "progress" comes first. Glad you managed to get a lily before it was destroyed.

This reminds me of the prairie phlox (I think) that I dug out of a nearby ditch the other day...They mowed the roadside last week; no wildflowers left:(

Wendy said...

Hi Rose and all, they mowed the roadside too and I felt devastated! All those "weeds" I had photographed were smashed.

I don't think any construction worker would dig up the lily and replant it. They crunched a lot more lilies in that area, but left this one behind. I don't think it needs rescueing - at least I hope not.

Will certainly let everybody know if my pic gets published in the local paper.

Q said...

Dear Wendy,
She is so very sweet. Sad that the wildflowers were mowed! I wonder what people are thinking. The butterflies need the roadside flowers...
Sherry

Shammickite said...

Exactly the same activities happening here... road construction turning a country road into two lanes each way, and the mess and noise seems endless, but I have to admit, it's making the approach to town very nice with new trees and grass, and a strip of vegetation between the traffic lanes.
I'm glad the lilies survived, and given a chance, the clump will soon be as big as it was before, those day lilies multiply very fast.

Jean said...

Your blog looks very nice! I love your wildflower pictures! Most flowers started as weeds. Beautiful shots! Jean