Saturday, August 02, 2008
No petunias were harmed in the reconstruction of East Gorham Street
At least not at this corner. Things unavoidably get trampled at construction sites. Especially small, vulnerable things growing underfoot, where they can easily be overlooked by the operators of heavy equipment. But not at the corner of Patterson and East Gorham in Madison, where East Gorham has been torn up for reconstruction and temporarily turned into a dirt path. Right on the corner, totally exposed in the midst of all this seeming chaos, and with nothing protecting them from the work except people taking pains to be careful, this brave patch of petunias is not only surviving but thriving.
I found out about the petunias from a note to the LFH email account with the subject line "lonely petunias." My mailbox gets so much spam, that I wasn't sure whether to open it. But I decided to go ahead -- I didn't recognize the name, but it didn't look like a spammer. I'm glad I did. It turned out to be from the Madison blogger who calls herself The Laundress and posts at Dirty Laundry. She had some very nice things to say about my photography (I'm blushing) and a request. I'll let her speak for herself:
There are brave, forlorn pink petunias on the corner of N. Paterson and E. Gorham. Surrounded with a body-off remodel of said intersection. The petunias are planted annually by an up-the-street gardener (MIKE!) and the construction workers have been exquisitely
carefully about not trampling them. Tiny flower bed surrounded by telephone pole, massive heavy earth movers, huge heaps of gravel, lots of concrete. Please take a photo??? If I could, I would.
Not much I can add to that except take some pictures. So here they are. (To view large, click through to Flickr and click on All Sizes.)