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Its That Time Of Year Again

Yes folks, it’s that time of year again where we get the joy of having to argue with the general public about why we are not cutting down the green stems from the now finishing, or indeed finished Daffies and Crocuses. No matter how much we explain that we can’t cut them down because if we do they won’t be back next year.

The number of people who think the blooms are great to look at equally tie with the number of people who argue with us about how bad they look when there is just the green stalks left and the grass is growing in and around them.

Saying “Sorry, we won’t be cutting them down for 6 weeks or so” usually leads to accusations of laziness or poor planning. We have even been told by one, obviously Master Gardener and organiser, that you can safely lift them all now and transplant them to a field somewhere and let them carry on growing there and replant the bulbs in Autumn. Now if only I had a TARDIS and an army of gardeners to get the job done. *sigh*

Case in point. Last year I was asked by a woman who organises one of the sites we deal with to cut the heads down. She was adamant that you didn’t need to let them stay up and that we could cut them down as soon as the bloom was finished. When we warned her that they may not come back she said that she was sure and on her head be it. So we got her to sign a form and then I cut them down. Fast forward to this year and bugger me if they didn’t come up blind! What a shock! Naturally she put in a complaint against us that the bulbs we put in didn’t flower. We showed her the form she signed and she was silenced.

Why do people not listen to us? I just don’t get it. Do they really think we are doing it to annoy them?

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2 thoughts on “Its That Time Of Year Again

  1. There’s nothing like the public trying to educate you on how horticulture really works (in their own minds, at least)! I’m not sure exactly what type of public garden setting you work in (like if you’re in one garden or if you work in a bunch of different gardens all over), but something we try to do at the public garden I work at is to send out either email or physical newsletters explaining why things are being done to both educate and give people a heads up. We post this information on our garden’s Facebook page and include it in a copy of the map of the grounds we give out when they come in. I think some people feel less intelligent when you’re giving them valid reasons why something they see as being dumb is actually really logical and instead of humbly accepting it, they fight you more. Coming in informed they feel “special” because they know what’s really going on. Not sure if that’s a viable option but good luck!

    1. I work with a mobile team. We deal with 4 fair sized parks and a lot of simple open spaces (Mainly grass cutting). But there are a few open spaces where we cut that also have planted areas that have Daffies or Crocuses. Its simply not possible for us to let everyone know what is going on and the council does not have the cash to put up signs.

      Now don’t get me wrong, I’m totally open to learning new things and members of the public have given little gems of info in the past. But on some points… No. We have guys working here that are at degree level in horticulture with 30+ years in the profession. Its hard to argue with that! B-)

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