Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Tulip Thieves


This may sound really silly, but I am still really MAD about it. I'm thinking it could be a mixture of strange pregnancy hormones, my favorite flower being RED tulips, or a sense of feeling at home at our new place. I don't know, but at any rate, I am still upset! Yes, get ready for the crazy rant, because here it goes! The gentleman who owned the house before us did a lot of yardwork, he must have taken great joy from working outside gardening. He had bulbs planted all over the place, as well as some roses and various other beautiful plants. Since it's turned spring, it's been a constant surprise to see what else is going to pop up in the yard. My favorite has been the beautiful, large red tulips that came up at the corner of the house. Every day, we walk past them on the way to the car, and every day I don't have the heart to cut them. They open in the mornings, and close in the evenings. When the sun catches them, they are the most vibrant red, just gorgeous. It's really amazing how long a tulip's lifespan is also. That is, until someone CUTS them down! And TAKES them. So one day last week, I get home from work and look down at where the tulips SHOULD have been. Chopped off! Gone! As well as some other tulips from a small round bed. Neither of us could believe anyone would have the nerve to come THAT CLOSE to the house and cut the flowers. I'm thinking there has to be an explanation, maybe someone was confused and got the wrong house? Maybe someone had permission to cut years ago and doesn't realize that ended when the house sold? Maybe, some squirrel forgot his anniversary and decided to tempt fate by going in the cat's yard to steal her some flowers? I just hope whoever took them got as much enjoyment out of them as we did. Because if I ever catch them...

6 Comments:

Anonymous Maria said...

UGH!! I can't blame you for being so upset...I would be seething!!! Let's just think on this... some little blonde-hair, blue-eyed, five-year-old (sounds like a Dennis) thought his mommy would just love to have those perched on her kitchen window! I guess that might take the edge off for me.

When are you due?

5:42 PM  
Blogger Allison said...

I know it's probably really petty of me, but I would *totally* put a little sign in the tulip garden. Make it look really nice and everything. Something along the lines of "Please leave us in the ground so others can enjoy our beauty." Of course, this advice is coming from the same person that once booby trapped a John Kerry sign in her front yard with a personal siren alarm because the conservative neighbors were known to nab signs...

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6:05 PM  
Blogger amanda said...

Our daffodils experienced a similar fate not too long ago. I was really mad, too. I know that it's not a big deal, they're just flowers, but they were the first two to open and I had really been enjoying them. The dogs, of course, mowed down a lot of the tulips in the backyard, so at least I know who to blame for that one.

9:13 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

Ummm... your tulip thieves are probably shorter and furrier than you think. Squirrels loooooove to cut tulips off in just the way you described.

2:00 PM  
Blogger C&C said...

Our squirrels must have a fondness for only red and white tulips then. Oh, and after they cut them, do they eat them or carry them off to their nests?

-chris

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Danielle said...

Hi there. I stumbled across your blog when I googled "tulip thieves." I understand your frustration as my tulips were taken too. I bought my house a year and three months ago, so last fall was my first time to plant bulbs. I was so pleased when my beautiful tulips popped up this spring. Then I came home from work last Wed. and 8 of the 12 were gone. This Tues. two more were gone and yesterday one more. As I live in Baltimore City, I hadn't considered squirrels as possible culprits. Considering that some other neighbors have tulips that are still intact, I'm still thinking the culprit is most likely a very rude person.

3:29 PM  

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