Since discovering my patch of Bayberry, I've become quite fond of those little ones. I check in each week, monitoring their evergreen status and picking a few more berries. Upon Sunday's visit, the hillside just didn't look right. As a surreal cloudiness gave way, I realized that the whole area had undergone a heavy trimming. Plants were ripped into nothingness. At least one of my treasured Bayberries was gone, only a shredded stump remaining.
Since then, I keep flashing back to the scene. I try to rationalize the actions of those keeping the land clear. It is town property, and posted. The land is in use to support a water filtration plant. I used to clear roadsides years ago as part of my groundskeeper duties.
Ah well, I've calmed down some now after revisiting the scene. I noticed young growth sprouting from earlier cut stumps. Also, little startups surround the remaining bushes as the roots have the ability to push up new growth.
Here are the survivors.
I brought home a few cuttings, trimmed the stems nicely at an angle with a razor blade and dipped them in rooting gel, and then set them into rockwool cubes. While awaiting results, I'll be researching seed propagation.
Tomorrow's post will be a break from my planned green series. This afternoon a raptor posed so patiently as I tried to make do with my macro lens.