One afternoon last week I had a date to meet up with my husband at Schoolhouse Electric, oddly I found myself running early. This never, ever, happens, I'm usually always late. I don't even know how to handle being early - so I decided to stop at Pomarius Nursery, that should take care of it. But as I was arriving Wes and Peter were leaving. We chatted a bit, they handed me this AMAZING metal container they're carrying at the shop (only $14.99!) and then had to take off for an install.
Isn't it fabulous? It reminds me of a smaller version of that old zinc planter I've been lusting after for ages. Anyway...I looked around, fell in love with several things, and slowly made my way back to the car. What? I still had time to kill. Okay, I'll stop in and catch up on some great parking lot plantings I first wrote about in 2013.
That's when I hit the brakes and shouted "What Were They Thinking!?!?!" although to be honest there was a swear word in there.
Someone had taken the scissors to the tips of these perfectly lovely Yucca rostrata.
Who does this?
Look at those gorgeous leaves, left in their natural state, a little spiky at the tip.
And the hacked version.
Looks like there was a bloom, also hacked.
Okay incredulity aside I tried to understand how this could happen. I suppose someone parked and was walking into one of the businesses not paying attention to their surroundings and walked into the spiky tip of one of the Yucca rostrata. They are near eye level, and everything cut off was extending beyond the curb but...BUT! This is so wrong!!!
The Pineapple Guava behind the small Y. rostrata was left to stretch it's arms.
And although I could see a few questionable cuts on the Ficus is was pretty much left alone.
There's even fruit!
The Arbutus unedo has been left to do it's thing (and what a stroke of genius planting a tree with that beautiful bark right next to the wooden wall).
Thankfully this pair of stately Eucalyptus grow up, rather than out - which may have caused them to become a target.
The Catalina Ironwood (Lyonothamnus floribundus var. asplenifolius) however...
Well, you know.
I do love this tree, and if not for all the litter I've been told it drops I just might have planted one in my garden.
Isn't it gorgeous?
As are the exposed branches of this Arctostaphylos (yes, exposed via some abrupt pruning).
But look! Olives...
Left to grow crazy and wild.
But still, I have visions of the poor hacked Yucca rostratas seared into my retina. WWTT?
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