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?