I bought 4 nice Gerber Daisies to plant around the ugly street sign in
my front yard - yellow, white, pink and orange.
A week later, the orange Gerber plant was gone and only the hole in
the ground was left. I can't imagine what happened to it. Would an
animal run off with a plant like that? I'm thinking someone wanted the
orange daisy and just absconded with it. :(
I should have put it in the back yard, but who thought I'd have a
problem like that?! Now I'm wondering about the Hydrangeas I'm
planning for my front beds. Will they be safe? I know - it probably
won't happen again and I'm being paranoid.
Any one else have a problem with plants that grow legs and walk away?
Plant theft is becoming an all too frequent occurrence.
There are some out there who wouldn't give stealing plants a second thought.
There are even reports of commercial nurseries being robbed of plants. Some
nurseries that used to allow customers to roam freely among their stock
plants will no longer do so unless they are closely chaperoned by staff.
well, i'll do my part to remedy this by planting things in random places
that are not on my property. i accidentally bought a shade loving phlox
when i actually needed something for a sunny spot. maybe i'll put it across
the street near the mailboxes instead.
any suggestions for the median strip of the highway near work?
It's a nice idea to plant in public places for everyone to enjoy but
there are sometimes drawbacks. For example, certain plants might be
unwelcome around childrens play areas or within reach of animal grazing
land, and sometimes it's more important for drivers to have a clear
view, or for pedestrians to have a safe refuge, than it is to look
I've found that snowdrops and daffodils work well; that was in an area
where the long roadside verges were tractor-trimmed every summer for
safety reasons, so anything summer flowering would have been pointless.
There's just one more downside, which was that quite often, drivers
would stop,leap out and pick some flowers. There were so many flowers,
it wasn't so much the picking that mattered as the fact they had stopped
the vehicle on a very dangerous narrow bend above a deep unprotected
drop :-(. So be careful where you place temptation.
Daffodils spread, and stay for years. Another non-native plant to keep to your
If you must, try lily-of-the-valley, or periwinkles (Vinca) or wood lilies, or
trout lilies, or whatever is NATIVE where you are.
from firstname.lastname@example.org (theoneflasehaddock) contains these words:
Load of cod, haddock.
None of those is native here.
Wild narcissus (narcissus pseudonarcissus), which is the one I planted,
is native here. Snowdrops arrived in Britain about 2000 years ago; while
they are not strictly native, they are widely naturalised.
well, i was partially joking...
but i do have a native wildflower mix that might be nice. they're all
pretty fragile, i doubt they'd become a problem.
it's not like i'm planning on planting english ivy or something. ;-)
<I bought 4 nice Gerber Daisies to plant around the ugly street sign in
<my front yard - yellow, white, pink and orange.
<A week later, the orange Gerber plant was gone and only the hole in
<the ground was left. I can't imagine what happened to it. Would an
<animal run off with a plant like that? I'm thinking someone wanted the
<orange daisy and just absconded with it. :(
<I should have put it in the back yard, but who thought I'd have a
<problem like that?! Now I'm wondering about the Hydrangeas I'm
<planning for my front beds. Will they be safe? I know - it probably
<won't happen again and I'm being paranoid.
<Any one else have a problem with plants that grow legs and walk away?
i hate to say this, but evil nurserymen have been stealing saguaro cacti for
more than 30 years!! they dig up young babies and take them back to their
city floral shops and/or nurseries and sell them for HOUSE PLANTS!
and then, too, are the ever wise folk of phoenix, arizona who decided to
turn phoenix into an agricultural wonderland and proceeded to put in
irrigation canals which aid in adding humidity to a land which is supposed
to be arid and they, too, have aided in the "stealing" of saguaro and other
cacti by killing the native climate. saguaro and other cacti need aridity;
too much humidity causes their death.
gee, arizona may have to change their state tree from the saguaro to russian
olives before much longer. (sigh) another wonderful mechanical disease.
we can add this to the list with kudzu and water hyacinths.
Not true, bluenose.
Nurserymen need to get permission to dig up Cactaceae in Arizona. Nowadays,
they are rescue missions to relocate the plants before the valuable
succulents are plowed under by disinterested land developers. Blame it on
suburban sprawl by people who have no reason to live in the desert, land
speculators and greedy politicians not the nurserymen.
We used to call the theft of plants from newly planted beds
Mostly the people who steal plants are not those who cant afford to buy
plants, though there have been several instances in this part of Wales of
people waking up in the morning to find that their New hedge has gone walk
about, though there was one case of a 2yr old hedge around 60 ft long that
went in one night, and the ground was levelled out where it had been.
If the sign is simply in an easement, then it's still private property.
But if it is publicly owned land, it is still stealing, only the victim
is now the public entity that owns the land.
Central Park is public land, but if you tried to take a park bench,
you'd obviously be stealing. Just because something is on public land
doesn't mean it's there for the public to take.
When you notice someone clipping something desireable, hang around and ask if
taking 2 or 3 clips is OK. Even a day or so later you may find usable little
snips on the sidewalk or the street.
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