There’s nothing more scary than
Heavy equipment in your garden.
We had known it was coming for months now.
The utility company is replacing all the lines in our old neighborhood.
Somehow we had escaped destruction in the garden
When they were in the neighborhood all last fall
Laying the main lines.
But now it’s time to connect each of us to the new main lines.
Fortunately, though it didn’t seem fortunate at the time,
We had discovered a gas leak shortly after moving into this house.
Actually our friend Clark figured it out
From the circle of dead grass in the middle of the backyard.
So we have a new connecting line
With the meter placed at the house.
The preferred location.
All of this is important because
The main line
And the connecting line
Intersect at the back of my garden.
I was told last Friday
That my number would be up on Tuesday.
So I didn’t dare leave home.
And shortly after 8 they began.
Around 11:30 I discovered
A Bobcat in my backyard
Heading straight for the garden.
Luckily after a quick conversation
They broke for lunch
And I began digging plants
Filling the wheelbarrow.
They even found a leftover Easter Egg.
Filled with chocolate.
Which every girl needs
At such a stressful moment!
Most of the things in their path
Were pretty strong plants.
Tall Garden Phlox
There were however some more finicky items.
Hollyhocks whose tap roots don’t make transplanting much fun.
Alliums which I simply cut and hoped for the best.
And the greatest loss
I’ve never had purple poppies before.
I spotted these last year in my friend Becky’s garden.
She was able to remember the source of the seeds.
So I ordered a supply.
Held on to them through the fall and early winter.
Actually remembered I had them
Then found them
And sprinkled them on the snow
One day last winter.
This, I have learned, is the most effective way to plant poppies.
I had a really good stand of them
And was looking forward to their blooming
Going to seed
And making lots of purple poppy babies.
But they were right smack dab in the wrong place
For the Bobcat.
So I quickly found some empty space.
Dug holes for their new home
Before I even dug them
Then dug them with as much dirt as possible.
And popped them into their new home
With a good quick drink.
Will they make it?
I don’t know.
Time will tell.
It is only fair to report
That the utility crew
Was as gentle as they could
When you’re digging a hole to China
In a garden
At the end of May.
O Blah Dee O Blah Da … Life Goes On.