Saturday, September 03, 2011

End of Season

Someone in my building or someone (at the very least) with access to the front hall of the building sliced down more than half of the sunflower stalk growing, flourishing out in the front yard. I'd left my pruning shears sitting on one of the tables (holding my indoor plants) planning to use them at some point during the week to touch up some of the shrubbery following some aggressive growth following all the rain we've had. 

My usual practice is to put all the yard tools away in one of the various storage nooks that populate the first floor of the condo building. But since I was planning to do some (light) weekday work, I'd left the shears at an easier access point. I'm trying not to take as a coincidence that the chopping down occurred during or just after  Moe, Larry, and Curly of twenty-first century plumbing were in the space to replace a blown water heater. THAT, is another tale. 

To say that I'm incensed over the incident is putting it mildly. I'd said a few of these: 

upon leaving for work Friday morning and seeing the mutilation of my stately sunflowers.

Our small, nine unit condo building is self managed. I get a break on my assessments for caring for the common areas; sweeping, mopping, wiping down the halls and caring for the grounds. I shovel snow and clear ice in the winter, care for the yard , and keep the rear court-yard clean.

I tend to every plant and shrub (most of which I purchased out of my own funds) weeding, watering, and pruning as needed. I never maintained a yard before moving into this building. I've been an apartment dweller (mostly surrounded by concrete or yards "hands off" to tenants) my entire life. This little patch of earth was a new, exciting experience for me. I work diligently to clear trash, reset stepping stones, eradicate weeds (and mushrooms) and generally keep the area as appealing as possible given the limitations of time and budget.

For someone to rudely attack my work, my investment is beyond mean and it makes me want to

 I did scream. Ask Neta, she'd called early Friday morning as I was leaving for work. I walked outside, saw the mutilation and . . . yeah, WTF'D all over the place. 

I'm better now, though. It is September and soon the thoughts will turn to preparing the ground for winter, planning for next year, buying and burying bulbs. And yes, marking the spot of the current sunflower yield and devising a plan, for electrocuting anyone who touches protecting them, as well as, other yields from the savagery of neighbors? or their kids, or the friends of their kids. 

In the meantime I will enjoy what is left of  the summer, left of the various colors of our my yard. 


  1. This so sucks the big one. But...then...maybe they thought that they were helping? Sunflowers should be taken down and seeded out in late Summer to bring a bountiful harvest in the Spring...

    My garden has already been stripped of vegetation and all is canned for the winter already.

    So..maybe it was a dubious good Samaritan?

  2. I'd like to think so Maria, but no, it is fairly clear that there was no intent beyond destruction.
    Still, given the givens it could have been worse and I will choose to look on the brighter side. :-)

  3. Oh that is SO mean.
    And VIOLENT.
    And after you went out of your way to make the building more beautiful & unique.
    Any idea who it was?

  4. No Kmae, no idea. I'm leaning toward one or more of the teens (and/or their friends) who live in the building. But it could just as well be one of the other owners with a "good Samaritan" motive, misguided as it may appear.

    Still, there is fall prep to do and the "act" can be seen as a headstart.

  5. kudos to you for taking on all that work for the condo. It's a load, especially when you're working full time. To have someone disrespect the hard work you put into maintenance with this act of vandalism is maddening, even for me!

    Next year, plant plastic flowers and see how folks like it. :)


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