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Old 07-11-2009, 09:30 PM   #51
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Sounds like you have some really annoying and arrogant people to deal with. Put a couple really big rocks in the tall grass so when they pull over they break a tie rod (the blades on the mower won't like it, either). I would send you a hundred lb lump of jersey granite if I could. Dig several small, deep holes, too; I'm sure people don't like sprained ankles anymore than deer do (motion-detector water sprinkler, anyone?)

Throw a couple lbs of stinging nettle and native thistle seeds in front of the plot, too. Heck, cover the whole front city-owned area with them and heavily fertilize (hit em below the belt...bare legs won't like nettle one bit). Don't make it easy on the thieves and "vandals"; let 'em run the gauntlet.

You could also make a complaint of destroying public property...in some states it's illegal to pick wildflowers.

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I usually have my camera somewhere close at hand. I think I would have taken a photo of the lady in the Expedition along with her license plate and blown it up and put it on a stake for everyone to see. That's flat out slovenly behavior. Get a very big and very ugly drooling dog or two or three? Works for us. The Jehovahs Witnesses marked us off their list years ago. Something about having the little sign at the end of the driveway that says "our dogs can make it to the lot line in 5 seconds, can you?" combined with cow pile sized dog turds that tell visitors they weren't made by teacup poodles might have something to do with us not losing plants any more. We also used to put out big dogfood bowls with their names on them, "Lurch", "Beast", etc... Funny thing is that our dogs are harmless. Kids push them out of the way to get in the back door. They only look evil but... people who don't know you personally wouldn't have any idea they were milktoast.
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Old 07-12-2009, 05:41 AM   #53
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Equilibrium, you make me laugh. Thank you.
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Old 07-12-2009, 07:38 AM   #54
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File:American Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana).jpg - Wikimedia Commons

Here is an interesting photo of tree bark (Diospyros virginiana) from Wikipedia.

Not one of our members, but an interesting photo of a native species nevertheless.
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Old 07-12-2009, 05:55 PM   #55
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In this State, picking wildflowers is only illegal on private property. I now know not to plant on public areas. It is a shame, but I don't have all the energy to take the extra steps to prevent these folks from doing it. I'd rather spend that energy on my own yard where I can prosecute if they trespass. So much for trying to beautify the world around me. There is alway some selfish jerk around every corner.

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Sounds like you have some really annoying and arrogant people to deal with. Put a couple really big rocks in the tall grass so when they pull over they break a tie rod (the blades on the mower won't like it, either). I would send you a hundred lb lump of jersey granite if I could. Dig several small, deep holes, too; I'm sure people don't like sprained ankles anymore than deer do (motion-detector water sprinkler, anyone?)

Throw a couple lbs of stinging nettle and native thistle seeds in front of the plot, too. Heck, cover the whole front city-owned area with them and heavily fertilize (hit em below the belt...bare legs won't like nettle one bit). Don't make it easy on the thieves and "vandals"; let 'em run the gauntlet.

You could also make a complaint of destroying public property...in some states it's illegal to pick wildflowers.

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Old 07-12-2009, 05:58 PM   #56
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The photo idea is good. There is a lady not far from me that has all her flowers roped off with tape and signs everywhere. It looks more like a crime scene than a wildflower patch. The dog ideas are good. Maybe just collect some good manure and throw it all over the wildflower patch. That would fertilize the flowers and keep folks out...or at least ruin their carpet.

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I usually have my camera somewhere close at hand. I think I would have taken a photo of the lady in the Expedition along with her license plate and blown it up and put it on a stake for everyone to see. That's flat out slovenly behavior. Get a very big and very ugly drooling dog or two or three? Works for us. The Jehovahs Witnesses marked us off their list years ago. Something about having the little sign at the end of the driveway that says "our dogs can make it to the lot line in 5 seconds, can you?" combined with cow pile sized dog turds that tell visitors they weren't made by teacup poodles might have something to do with us not losing plants any more. We also used to put out big dogfood bowls with their names on them, "Lurch", "Beast", etc... Funny thing is that our dogs are harmless. Kids push them out of the way to get in the back door. They only look evil but... people who don't know you personally wouldn't have any idea they were milktoast.
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She's probably selling them on eBay. People like her should have their hands slapped.
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Old 07-13-2009, 10:57 AM   #58
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Seems like it was right around Mother's Day. I figured she was selling flower arrangements on the side of the road somewhere, but then hoped that maybe she had delivered them to a nursing home somewhere and brightened a lot of lives....one can always hope....

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That is a good way of thinking about it.
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Old 07-19-2009, 08:51 PM   #60
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Poor PineStraw. All his sweat equity drove away in the back of an Expedition. We all know it didn't go to a nursing home but it's nice to dream.
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