No, this is not a new prairie flower and I did not plant him there. This man was shoulder deep in my prairie because he was replacing a portion of the sewer line that connects my house to the main sewer line. I think he was admiring the four nerve daisies in this picture.
City contractors have been working around the neighborhood since September to upgrade the main sewer line and install new connections to the houses. I was not too concerned about the upgrades until I saw a backhoe digging a deep ditch 10 feet into a neighbor's yard one street over. I panicked a little because I have several plants in my yard that would not be as easy to replace as my neighbor's St. Augustine lawns.
The contractors kept the neighborhood updated on the progress of the upgrades with door flyers that included contact numbers, so I called the crew foreman, Bobby, to explain the uniqueness of my yard. I asked that if he could tell me where they needed to dig, I could remove the important plants from that area. He told me something to the effect of "I'll take care of you." Over the course of three months, I talked to the foreman at least three times. He said he had a couple of ideas, but he still never told me where they would need to dig. I remained apprehensive.
This morning there were workers on my street and I asked one if he could tell me where they needed to dig in my yard. He said his supervisor decided they would do most of the work under the public sidewalk and they would only need to dig a few feet into my yard. This was good news because there were not many plants growing in this area. So I moved mulch out of the way and dug out a few plants that I did not want damaged.
At the end of the day, I have minimal damage to plants and a sewer access port. The workers even replaced the mulch I moved. Thanks Dig Tec and Bobby. Note: This picture is a little blurry because I was juggling a camera and an umbrella. Yes, it was raining!
So the moral of this story is that if you are polite and ask for consideration of your landscape, you might actually get some.