Trumbull resident has green thumb, town pride

Mary Jo Pranger, Trumbull resident of nearly fifty years, has seen the town bloom into life for as long as perennials have been on her lawn.

“We’ve seen all of these houses built. All of this,” she said standing before dozens of lilies, gesturing to her neighbors.

The daylily is the official town flower of the Trumbull and the flowers can often be found in wild, wooded areas in the Northeast. The Beautification Commission, in the past, has encouraged residents to plant the flower in their front yarts to show their pride.

Nearly ten years ago, Pranger estimates, she noticed the vibrant, orange flowers growing in the woods near her property. A seasoned gardener, she couldn’t resist transplanting them to her property after learning the daylily was the flower of Trumbull.

According to Pranger, once planted, the flowers are relatively easy to maintain.

“The only issue is the deer love them. They must be a dessert to them,” she said. “It only takes a basic repellent to keep them away.”

Another perk of growing lilies is the quickness with which they spread: “Before we knew it there were fifty, then a hundred.”

Mrs. Pranger’s lilies are an attraction appreciated by many.

“Neighbors who go by for walks tell me how they look forward to passing our house to look at them,” she said. “Once the mail-lady asked if she could have some to plant in her own yard. Of course I gave them to her. Anyone is welcome to have some.”

She encourages fellow Trumbull citizens to consider starting a lily garden of their own.

“I think people who live on main street were asked to try and grow them some years ago,” she said. “They really are beautiful flowers.”

Pranger conceded her green thumb may be hereditary.

“You should have seen my mother. She could spot a four-leaf clover while we were walking. She would just bend down, pluck it and give it to me. But I just love getting my hands dirty. I love digging.”