I've had this happen in my backyard, so it is possible an animal did it, but not
likely. People have been sucking for a long time. It's a very difficult thing
to live with and be sane and happy.
On 28 Apr 2004 09:51:29 -0700, email@example.com (Genevieve) opined:
I'd agree a BRAND NEW planting not yet rooted into its hole & perhaps
having some kind of fishy odor to it from the grower's over-use of
fertilizer, a dog might indeed snap it right out of the ground & run off
with it. Still, if it was a flowery little clump, I vote it was a
yellow-fingered piece of white trash who needed it for her one-square-yard
garden in front of her rental in the crowded trailer court alongside the
railroad tracks. At least the victim of the theft has the consolation of
knowing the thief has to live her white trash thieve's life & is pretty
regularly beaten black & blue by her unemployable alcoholic
-paghat the ratgirl
"Of what are you afraid, my child?" inquired the kindly teacher.
"Oh, sir! The flowers, they are wild," replied the timid creature.
Last summer I found a cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) (protected by state
law here) on state land (a natural area, where ALL plants found are protected
by state law). I returned to show my girlfriend that night, as she'd never seen
a cardinal flower. Someone had cut the entire flower stalk, and taken the
Whoever did it borke two laws, including the one protecting threatened plants
in this state.
I assume it was kids, who wanted to take the flowers home to their parents. I
sincerely hope the parents try and educate the kids on why not to do that, but
expect instead they'll tell the kids how nice the flowers are.
Since they took the whole plant in your case, I doubt it was kids. Personally,
I would add half-buried mousetraps to any plants you assume are in danger of
being stolen. Perhaps the screams will catch a thief. (notice - do not actually
do this, as they're likely to then vandalize your house if they're not caught).
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