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Day 71: Nice to meet you, neighbor.

June 17, 2012

I met a neighbor today. Driving past the house to show my friend Anya, we found a woman standing before the irises.

“How kind!” I exclaimed. “A friendly neighbor is tending the landscaping of a vacant house.”

Noticing the trowel in hand, Anya wasn’t quite as trusting. “You better put a stop to that.” So I pulled into the driveway, startling the gray-haired woman.

Sure enough, Anya was right. We caught her red-handed stealing plants! The first words out of her mouth: “I’m a master gardener.” As if that makes her behavior tolerable. She even had the audacity to describe how beautiful the uprooted irises were that were held hostage in her filthy little hands. “They’re a deep, velvet purple,” she said.

Her voice shook with embarrassment as she tried to divert my attention from her dishonest behavior. She’d discovered the root rot of iris borer, pointing out that her sticky fingers were actually doing me a favor. And picking up on my ignorance of all things gardening, she kept talking and talking, until Anya piped up with her flora know-how, saving the day once again.

Fortunately, Calin and I got off on the right foot with the family living between the plant thief and us. Their seven-year-old daughter gave me flowers.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 17, 2012 10:30 pm

    Thanks for stopping by Sustainable Beauty, and staying long enough to subscribe. What an honor.

    I recently expereienced a plant thief in my own garden. Although the place they stole from was the parking median, it was still quite a jolt, and a big lesson in nonattachment.

    Wishing you every good thing in your new home and your renewed hometown.

  2. June 17, 2012 10:40 pm

    Many thanks, Cheryl! I look forward to learning more about gardening from your blogs (I’m going to need it!).

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