AN area of Sleaford that is normally awash with spring colour will not be flowering this year after council contractors mowed the heads off all the daffodils.
North Kesteven District Council has apologised for the mishap and even penned a poem on the matter.
In Spring the flowers start to show, their petals, stems and bells
But so too, at this time of year, the grass it grows as well
Your District Council contracts out - the work to mow the grass
It must be done - even though - it costs a lot of brass
This week, the workmen fully armed, down Grantham Road did mow
The grass alongside the roadside, to make it look just so
In making such a perfect job, the daffs they also chopped
Just as these lovely flowers, the ground from out they popped
These bulbs, by Lions, stout of heart, were planted years ago
They gave the town some beauty, but now they're full of woe
We've gone and lopped the heads off, their flowers dug so deep
This year there will be nothing - of flowers, not a peep
We're very, very sorry, the trumpets to have stilled
We didn't mean to do it, the flowers to have killed
We know they'll come back next year, all yellow and so bright
But we also know for this year - it doesn't make it right
But it's hard for us to do our job and keep the grass all done
When kindly-hearted people, plant flowers by the ton
Our mowers huge can't trundle round as people can with their's
Leaving daffs unhindered, blooming without cares
Mistakes they're bound to happen, as grass it must be cut
For if we left it long and wild, complaints they would be put
To District Council Members, to District Council staff
The moans would come in fast and hard - for us there'd be no laughs
There's not much more that we can say, regrets we've had - it's right.
We didn't mean to do it to - these daffs now out of sight
Next year, like you, we will rejoice, when daffs, they flower new
We'll dance and sing and chuckle - we hope you do it too
For full story on the demise of the daffodils, see this week's Sleaford Standard.
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