Self-sown Anemone - cut down in the prime of life!
Yesterday I had to watch helpless as a red self-sown Anemone was cut down by the local council gardeners! I only discovered it a couple of weeks ago!
It was growing in the grass area the council attends to during the summer.
It’s right in front of our balcony!
During the 15 years I’ve gardened on this balcony no end of plants have self-seeded themselves outside into the grass or the narrow strip of grass-free-dirt they keep between the concrete floor of the balcony & the grass itself.
After a very mild winter in which the grass hardly stopped growing the council gardeners finally got around to cutting the grass that surrounds 3 sides of our block of flats. Being as the grass was so long the first guy came round with a heavy duty strimmer which make smart work of the long grass. He was the one who first cut down the self-sown Anemone. When this guy finished another one came along with a small petrol mower & went over the whole area – again & again! As his mower collected the cut grass he had to empty the grass cuttings after every run! He had to do this at least 10 times for the patch in front of the building, (I saw him do it 3 times!), with the mower going over the area at least twice while the grass was picked up I see no chance the Anemone will be able to recover. Shame because the strimmer obviously can’t cut long grass down to an 1" high which would have left a possibility of new growth in the future.
The Anemone had recently produced a 3rd bud to go along with the 2 open flowers. As I was expecting this to happen sooner or later I took one last photo of the 3 flowers just a couple of days ago. I went up close & got down on my hands & knees to take the last photo – to keep its brief life alive for posterity.
Sorry about this blog, I can’t get the photos to appear in the places I want them to appear today! I’ve been struggling with this blog for a couple of hours & now I just give up!
- 15 Apr, 2016
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