|Do garden sneaks arrive in the night wearing slippers?|
You could have sworn it was there when you went to bed last night. A beautiful—and pricey—metal obelisk for a clematis to scramble up. This morning: only a empty space where the garden designer installed it. Obelisk? Gone, baby, gone.
You had planned on watering the garden first thing in the cool of the morning. When you walked around the side of your house, all you saw was a dripping tap and….no hose. Gone With the Wind.
The garden thieves have struck again in my neighbourhood. This time the target was tools and garden structures. It was oddly coincidental that I heard these stories of disappearing garden objects only a day after Catherine Porter’s plant theft article ran in the Toronto Star. (Toronto Gardens’ Helen was interviewed about her kid-napped blue flax.)
I spoke to garden designer/Plant Therapist Paul Geary, of Petal Pushers, who had installed the garden with the disappearing obelisk. He fixed the problem by re-installing another, This Time With Concrete. He has had large size Japanese Maples dug from his installed gardens as well. He figures that the thieves watch for new plantings, and come in the night when the soil is freshly dug. Easy pickings. Dastardly doings.
On my way home I saw my hose-less neighbour trudging back and forth to the tap with a small watering can. She was remarkably cheerful about it, and the fact that it was a very nice day probably helped.
I used to think that bicycle thieves were the worst kind. They are bad. But laying in wait to dismantle a freshly planted tree, garden structure, or unscrewing and making off with a hose from the side of a house. It’s not funny, Dude.