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Old 08-04-2013, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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A few years ago, at our last house, we had orange trees. My friend's daughter came down the hill with a bucket of baby green oranges!! OMG! She was so proud, but it was hard NOT to get a little irritated with her!
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Old 08-04-2013, 12:15 PM
 
Location: On the Chesapeake
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I forgot this most recent one (well except for the people walking by and picking the daylilies and raspberries that stick out of the front fence) which happened at the end of june.

I re-did the row along the driveway and put in a nice hydrangea last year, along with some tall phlox and keeping some of the daylilies. Well it bloomed exhuberently this summer. We were away for a week towards the end of June and I was looking at the hydrangea and it looked funny. Turns out that while we were away someone had come in and "pruned" it for us. Not all the heads but quite a few.
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Old 08-04-2013, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Well the rabbits do steal things and so do the birds and the deer, but as for humans, I can only remember once. It was years ago and we lived in the very northern part of California. Black berries grew wild everywhere and our yard was covered with them. One year we got home from a few days of camping to find the bushes completely bare. I have to say, I wasn't too upset. The entire summer our son had picked wild ones for me and I had canned them plus made several jars of jam. Ours were late ripening, but we were about tired of them anyway.
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Old 08-04-2013, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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Well the rabbits do steal things and so do the birds and the deer, but as for humans, I can only remember once. It was years ago and we lived in the very northern part of California. Black berries grew wild everywhere and our yard was covered with them. One year we got home from a few days of camping to find the bushes completely bare. I have to say, I wasn't too upset. The entire summer our son had picked wild ones for me and I had canned them plus made several jars of jam. Ours were late ripening, but we were about tired of them anyway.
That reminds me....My MIL had a huge cherry tree. Lots of lovely fruit. She let a relative come pick some cherries. After they left....not a SINGLE cherry left on the tree!!!!
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Old 08-04-2013, 12:42 PM
 
Location: On the Chesapeake
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Don't get me started on cherry trees. My trees are always loaded. And we might get, at most, a quart of cherries. The birds seem to know exactly when I'm going to go and start picking and they hit the trees two hours before that.
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Old 08-04-2013, 01:07 PM
 
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When I lived in Oklahoma I had a beautiful row of jumbo sunflowers along my front fence. They were truly gorgeous, about 6' tall with huge heads.

One day I was sitting on my front porch. A man and woman were walking by, then they stopped, and the man got a pocket knife out of his pocket and cut a whole head off one of the stalks. As they were walking away I said "I cannot believe you just did that!" and the man just looked back and laughed and they kept on walking.

These were adults, not children!

btw, harvesting seeds from sunflower heads is really fun - I felt like such a nice fat country lady, sitting on my porch barefoot in the evenings with a bowl on my lap picking seeds out. I gave away bags and bags of sunflower seeds that year.
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Old 08-04-2013, 01:54 PM
 
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When I lived in Oklahoma I had a beautiful row of jumbo sunflowers along my front fence. They were truly gorgeous, about 6' tall with huge heads.

One day I was sitting on my front porch. A man and woman were walking by, then they stopped, and the man got a pocket knife out of his pocket and cut a whole head off one of the stalks. As they were walking away I said "I cannot believe you just did that!" and the man just looked back and laughed and they kept on walking.

These were adults, not children!

btw, harvesting seeds from sunflower heads is really fun - I felt like such a nice fat country lady, sitting on my porch barefoot in the evenings with a bowl on my lap picking seeds out. I gave away bags and bags of sunflower seeds that year.
I would have sprayed them with the hose And what was the point of them cutting your flower?
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Old 08-04-2013, 02:24 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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When I lived in Oklahoma I had a beautiful row of jumbo sunflowers along my front fence. They were truly gorgeous, about 6' tall with huge heads.

One day I was sitting on my front porch. A man and woman were walking by, then they stopped, and the man got a pocket knife out of his pocket and cut a whole head off one of the stalks. As they were walking away I said "I cannot believe you just did that!" and the man just looked back and laughed and they kept on walking.

These were adults, not children!

btw, harvesting seeds from sunflower heads is really fun - I felt like such a nice fat country lady, sitting on my porch barefoot in the evenings with a bowl on my lap picking seeds out. I gave away bags and bags of sunflower seeds that year.

If someone had done that to me the least thing they would have to worry about would be the law ...I used to tell everybody that knew me if you mess with my kids or my animals the least thing you should be worried about is the law .
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Old 08-04-2013, 02:44 PM
 
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I figured they felt like eating sunflower seeds!
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Old 08-04-2013, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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My sister in law owns a cabin in the Berkshires. They mostly go to it on the weekend but do spend time there throughout the year. This spring we went up to visit and when we arrived at the cabin two people were harvesting all her leeks! They had the audacity to act like they were doing her a favor, because she was "just a weekend visitor" and "the earth needed me to take these, who knows if a weekend visitor will be here to harvest these."

My SIL decided to be a good sport about it for the sake of "we're the new neighbors" and "they might need it for food."

The next day we went into town and to our amazement we saw the two "leek stealers" again. They are hardly starving and weren't eating what they stole. They own a gourmet cheese shop and were selling leek cheese for a ridiculously high price. I think it was $16/pound. Big sign in the window reminding people to "buy local." Yah, buy local and buy stuff stolen from someone else's property.

My sister in law decided to confront them, and walked into the shop. She said "Hi, remember me?" And the shop owner smiled and made a joke about "being your trespassers yesterday" but he didn't even offer to give her some free cheese.

At that point she backed down. Why is a mystery to me, but she said she didn't want to make a scene because it might lead to people retaliating against their cabin when they're out of town.

Her choice, so I respected her wishes, but am I the only one who thinks that cheese shop owner was extremely unethical? I found it especially annoying that he acted like he was doing her a favor by stealing from her. Like he has some moral right to do this because she isn't a full time resident.

Last edited by Caladium; 08-04-2013 at 04:18 PM.. Reason: Rewrote to remove identification of store, I think that may be against TOS
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