Yup, that’s the question that I would love to have an answer for! I went out to water my flowers and shrubs yesterday and discovered that one of my hydrangea bushes was bare, except for one bloom! Hello….. These bushes are in the side yard and someone would have had to walk into my yard or the neighbor’s driveway to pick them! And I know that this probably occurred in the dead of night, but still- what nerve!!! I guess this person wasn’t worried about being silhouetted in our landscape lights, either!
If the brazen soul had only taken a few blooms from each of the five bushes, I probably wouldn’t even had noticed. But no- this person cut about 20 flowers off of one bush. And he/she must have planned ahead and come armed with scissors or a pruner- all of the stems had clean cuts. aagghhh…..
This photo was taken about a week and a half ago, when the blooms first started appearing. The bush that the perpetrator snagged the blooms from was the one on the left. It was a lot fuller with blooms than this.
Now, the bush looks like this:
Poor little bush is defoliated of flowers except for one lone bloom at the top. Sheesh!
My only consolation is that the flowers had an army of fire ants on them and they bit the thief repeatedly as he/she sauntered out into the night! Or maybe that the creepy green grasshoppers that I’ve seen living in the bed went home with him/her and hopped off into the remote corners of their house, never to be seen again by human eyes!
This kinda happened to me- I thought I’d seen one come in with my own cut blooms yesterday, but since he blended in so well with the stems, I wasn’t sure. I found the little (?) guy this morning, hiding in a corner on the countertop. eeewww….. Scared the wits out of me! Out came the Clorox after I nabbed him with the flyswatter!
If I notice any blooms disappearing again, I may have to stake myself out on the back patio overnight. Oh, wait a minute- I won’t have a back patio after tomorrow! The landscapers are coming tomorrow morning to start demolition of the back yard. I wonder how the neighbors would react if I set up camp in their yard?!