Thursday, September 16, 2010

Turf Wars: or a Guerilla Garden Battle

When I started my little garden round the tree stump near my apartment, I never realized how attached I would become to this public, vulnerable little patch. We water it every day and observe how each particular plant is doing.....

You will notice rather a bare patch where an evil-doer has removed a plant..... actually, about eight plants have vanished over the months......usually nice bright pink or yellow ones which is why we've been putting in herbs and stuff just with leaves......

My friend Luis has a much bigger and better guerilla garden at 25th St and 9th Avenue,
and is often to be seen tending it. We chat and compare notes. 
"Oh yes," says Luis, his plants often go missing too...... 
and he knows exactly where they go. Hm.......

So I wander a little to the west and discover a wonderful garden, well tended and full of plants I recognize only too well........So we leave a note saying: "I hope you are enjoying our plants; we miss them."

A case in point: the coleus with orange and green leaves (top left) was in the gap in picture #1.
This is all very funny really.
"Get a life," I hear you say......."What do you expect living in the middle of the city."
But still, I do wish she'd knock it off and get her own plants......We got rather attached to ours.


  1. I wonder how, if, she justifies her theft to herself? With all the things you do including the wonderful photographs you take, I'd say you definitely have a life.

  2. This kind of thievery happens everywhere,even in suburbia. How funny that you know where the plants ended up!

  3. The neighbors across the street from us in Silver Spring, MD lost all of their new roses to a flower thief. Its very rude. I know plants can be very expensive, but she could have at least ask for a cutting or something. I have some wonderful chocolate mint that grows anywhere, let me know if you would like some. Smells delicious!

  4. I think just a note shows a lot of restraint- I'd be tempted to return my plantings to where they were originally rooted.

  5. can't make this stuff up--how rude! Good for you bringing green and color to the city and for laughing about the migration of your plants to another garden. Think of it this way --you have inspired some one --c

  6. Oh dear. I don't know what's more disconcerting, the fact that your plants were taken, or that you know where they ended up.

    I once had a set of solar lights taken out of my front garden. I walked the neighborhood looking for them, but I honestly don't know what i would have done if I found out. Your note was a good idea.

    I love most the idea of tenderly caring for even the smallest patch of earth.

    It's nice to meet you Elizabeth!

  7. Thanks for all your kind comments!
    I'm now laughing more than ever though when the plants actually go missing I'm madder'n hell.
    I come in and tell my husband about the blankety-blank people....
    The place where the plants end up is a pretty nice garden outside a rather drab building, so part of me is glad the plants have a good home!

  8. i am visiting here via reya and was so happy to see familiar faces willow and lori -- small blogworld indeed!

    what a story this invasion of the plant snatchers. for a completely silly revenge you could rig your flower bed with a motion detector light/alarm and have fun watching the thief making a run for it...

  9. Wow. Plant theft. You do have to wonder...what kind of values do people have that they love the look, but are willing to steal?

  10. How do they have the brass nerve to do that! Incredible!

  11. Incredible, yet believable. I will
    never forget the time two really beautiful New Guinea impatiens vanished from my father's grave, one one week, one the next....

  12. Exciting how you have contributed to the other surroundings, if this person continued to care for the plants, maybe he/she can spare some for you soon...


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