Thursday, April 17, 2008

Is this.....

.... a flower or a weed?

If you said "flower", you're better than the last two landscaping companies our association has hired.

If you said "weed", I can give you the name of two companies that will happily hired you for your mad landscaping skillz.


Last year, that lovely little flower - which was still in bloom - was hacked off by the landscaping dudes. They took down the whole plant. How can you mistake a daylilly for a weed??

Last year was my first honest attempt at landscaping for outside the townhome. One thing I did was buy two cheap-ass, teeny-tiny lilac "bushes" (more like a twig sticking out of a pot) that I planted with dreams of lilacs in my head. The plants didn't grown much last year, but I had hopes they'd do well this year. One in the front yard, one in the back yard.

They both survived winter, which made me happy.

But today, got home from work, and noticed that the bush out front was totally uprooted. Not dug out, like maybe an animal (or the feral cats) got to them, but almost like someone yanked it out of the ground in it's twig and three-bud glory. Sigh.

Got it back in to the ground, and I'll see what the damage is. I'm half thinking this might just be the sign to drop $50 on a real, couple-year-old bush from the nursery up the street. At least then the stinkin' landscapers would have no excuse for mistaking it for something else.


The Country Mouse said...

It probably won't make you feel any better, but it may come back ... daylilies are pretty hardy. DH chopped one of the bushes at our old house down to nothing, and the next year it was back, blooming like crazy.

MrsVJW said...

Yeah... they are already growing back this year. They did even grow last year, but never got back to "blooming" stage.

At least and the end of last season I surrounded the bed I have them in with bricks which is hopefully a better clue to not mess with the actual flowers....

CarolynA said...

I didn't realize that my landscaping (a.k.a. *lawn* care) company did work out your way too! They've hacked down some jack-in-the-pulpits and ferns, and last fall they pruned my (buds on old wood) hydrangea.

(And if your landscapers are like mine, no, sad to say, delineating the planting bed doesn't help)

That Word Guy said...


Definition of "weed:" a plant out of place. Period.

Even dandelions are grown as tasty crops for making both salads and wines. Weediness is in the eye of the beholder.