Many years ago, in another life, I had a beautiful orange butterfly weed that had been a gift. It bloomed yearly and was one of my favorite flowers in my garden.
Last summer, I began seeing them everywhere off country roads and highways. Because it had rained a lot, there had been a delay in mowing the sides of highway and roads. Normally, there are few blooming plants roadside so last year all sorts of flowers bloomed until they were mowed away.
We went to some nurseries and everyone knew of the plant but nobody had one. They hadn't seen the orange type for years. (It is actually a tropical milkweed.) I ended up buying a different variety in pink.
THEN we spotted one on the way into an outlet mall near an abandoned building site. It was really so beautiful...blooming amidst sand and debris.
Armed for just such an occasion, we dug it up. We had a bucket and shovel in the car. We looked around hoping nobody would question what we were doing and worked fast!
It looked like it wouldn't survive our attempted "transplant"...most of it died off in the last weeks of summer. But. one spike remained green until the frost. We mourned it thinking we had killed the plant uselessly.
We passed that building lot recently and it is entirely paved over and is now parking lot.
And... WE have been REWARDED...the butterfly weed has survived and started blossoming over the weekend!
Enjoy the day!