I was mooching around down at our corner yesterday afternoon. It being Sunday, there was little traffic but there are plenty of magnolias in bloom. With the large white michelias alongside, scent lies heavy in the air. Most of the roadside plantings are seedlings from Mark’s breeding programmes. He is always looking for space to site good plants and all our boundaries are ringed with flowering trees. Every year, the display gets more spectacular.
Generally speaking, people talk to us about our boundaries full of flower and scent because they really like them. Indeed we often hear vehicles slowing down to get a better view at this time of year.
So I admit I am still scarred by the local resident who accused us last year of causing a traffic hazard with our overgrowth and ‘debris’. In terms of insults, this just might go down in our history as the worst ever levelled at us. I get that some folk will drive past without even noticing. Indeed, yesterday as I was on the road with my camera, a truck driver stopped to ask me if I was photographing the undermining of the corner by the recent flood. It has still not been repaired nine weeks on but we don’t mind because it means the heavy traffic is a lot slower and more careful when it comes to turning that corner. He looked a little surprised when I said no, I was photographing our trees.
But to want to see this planting removed as an alleged traffic hazard? That I find simply beyond comprehension. Goodness, even our little herd of beef cattle show more appreciation of our planting efforts than that local farmer. Maybe in time, I will get over the shock of his comments.