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Posts: 101
Joined: Jan 2008
Post: #1
26-06-2013 08:08 PM

Not for the first time, someone is stealing my rose petals.

I have a large well established rosebush in the centre of my front garden. I won't ever win Gardener of the Year but it brings me pleasure.

A guy was seen deheading the roses in fullest bloom in a previous year, during the early hours of the morning. He worked at such a speed that we can only assume that he was supplying them commercially.

I noticed a few heads had no petals on a few days ago. I tidied the garden and deadheaded them on Tuesday, leaving the remaining flowers alone. I've arrived home this evening to find not a single flower on the bush.

An older lady (50's?) with shortish hair has been seen coming out of our gate a couple of times, and heading towards the town centre, but no one has been close enough to speak to her.

I live at the FH station end of Devonshire Road.

If you see either of them, know who they are, or are one of them reading this.


It seems a little excessive to report it to 101 but I'm tempted...

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Posts: 365
Joined: Dec 2005
Post: #2
27-06-2013 05:52 PM

Report it to the Safer Neighbourhoods Team.

Are they stealing the whole flower plus stem, or just the head and petals? I wonder what they're doing with them - drying them for potpourri or wedding confetti maybe?!

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Joined: Sep 2012
Post: #3
27-06-2013 06:15 PM

Sad sorry to hear that.. it's very upsetting when you put some effort in growing stuff in your garden. If I see them I will give them a good *******ing! Rolleyes

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Post: #4
27-06-2013 07:41 PM

Just the petals, sometimes the heads too.

Whatever they're using them for, it's theft.

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Post: #5
27-06-2013 09:43 PM

Could you set up a webcam? At least you'd know what was going on. I'd be livid.

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robbie t

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Joined: Jun 2013
Post: #6
03-07-2013 01:12 PM

I have to say I saw this woman (if its the same person) this morning cutting the roses outside of The Honor Oak Allotment Society entrance - the lovely pick roses.

I was running really late for work and after passing her for my train really regretted not saying anything to her, even if it meant missing my train. I really wish I had.

But anyway she was cutting those lovely pink roses so I thought theres no way that shes doing that with permission surely (unless she is part of the allotment society - but then this is 8.15am??).

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robbie t

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Joined: Jun 2013
Post: #7
03-07-2013 01:15 PM

Although having just re-read your post she didnt have short hair!

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