Turning the corner coming home from work last night, my stomach immediately sank when I saw my house. Though it looked surreal and should have been a what-in-the-hell Hank Hill kind of moment, I knew exactly what I was seeing. There was a Mercedes in my garden.
It seems that neighbor #1 (in a sweet little silver Mercedes Kompressor) was heading out of the neighborhood in front of my house when neighbor #2 approached the intersection (in a much larger SUV) not seeing neighbor #1, who was broadsided, spun around, jumping the curb, crashing the fence and ending up in the garden. This all happened mere minutes before I got home, in fact, I beat the police to the scene.
Once I knew no one was injured, my thoughts turned to the garden, which happened to be looking right nice when I last left it. I was anxious to see what was flattened under the car, and it seemed to take forever for the tow truck to arrive. Being a dutiful garden blogger, ever on the lookout for post material, I started snapping pics as the time passed.
Don't you like how the side light from the car offers a nice color echo to the blooming Lantana 'Miss Huff'?
We are just entering peak daylily season here in Tidewater. I lost 5 or 6 to the accident.
I had a landscape design teacher once tell me that silver was the great garden unifier, blending colors throughout the garden. Don't you like how the bright foliage of Abelia x 'Sunrise' is reflected by the pride of German engineering.
Several years ago former local blogger Jeff Joyner stopped by the store and gave me a great wealth of plants. All of them are from families not normally hardy here, but Jeff is a zone pusher. Unfortunately his pushing talents are better than mine, and this Sinningia 'Butter and Cream' is the only thing to make it, and was nearly taken out Sunday night.
With the car gone I was able to make an assessment.
This is what I discovered:
- no one was hurt
- no one walking their dog or pushing a stroller on our sidewalk when it happened
- my son was no out front on his bike
- being late getting home prevented my car, or my person from being involved
- I have good neighbors, and the young lady involved offered to come help me fix the garden, which she said is her favorite in the neighborhood
- I now have more sun and opportunities to plant new things
Considering what could have been, all and all it turned out to be a good day.