Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

The Hydrangea thief July 20, 2013

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THEY ARE ONLY FLOWERS, you say.

But these are not. These blossoms are for my daughter’s wedding.

This photo shows several stems missing their blossoms.

This photo shows several stems missing their blossoms.

And some time Friday night or early Saturday morning, someone ripped about a dozen hydrangea from the massive bushes next to my front door.

Hydrangea blossoms scattered across my yard in a deliberate act of vandalism.

Hydrangea blossoms scattered across my yard in a deliberate act of vandalism.

Am I angry? Yes. Especially when I saw the blossoms scattered across my lawn and on the side street next to my house.

...and scattered onto the side street, where the flowers were run over by vehicles.

The hydrangea were also dropped in the street.

This was clearly an act of vandalism, not the act of someone who wanted a fresh bouquet of flowers.

I live along Willow Street, one of Faribault’s busiest streets. If you saw anyone lurking near my front door ripping Annabelle hydrangea from bushes, call me, email me, stop by.

Yes, plenty of blooms still cover the bushes. For that I am grateful.

But should this happen again, be ware the Mother-of-the-Bride.

As long as I’m on the subject of respecting other people’s property, Faribault residents, do not allow your dogs to run loose and poop in my yard. I do not appreciate stepping in your pet’s poo. There are ordinances in this city regarding roaming dogs.

Just like there are laws against vandalism and theft.

© Copyright 2013 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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20 Responses to “The Hydrangea thief”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    Oh grrrrrrr! No way it was an animal, right? I am trying to give the Faribault residents the benefit of the doubt but I suspect that is a far stretch from the truth. I am sorry. Truly I am because it is an invasion of privacy and just downright mean. I hope your beautiful flowers recover from the trauma and keep blooming for that wedding! Hugs!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      A two-legged animal with hands and no brain. Grrrrr! (See that exclamation mark? You know I never use that punctuation mark.) Thankfully the bushes are covered with lots of blossoms and this will not be an issue, if it doesn’t happen again. If it does, I’m setting a trap, calling the cops… Be ware the Mother-of-the-Bride.

      And you are absolutely right. This act was an invasion of privacy and just downright mean.

  2. Dawn mosser Says:

    So sorry. I do not like mean dumb people. I hope it does not happen again. 😦

  3. treadlemusic Says:

    What’s sad is now you can’t help being “on edge” come nite or when leaving. I know/been there! Hugs…..

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      So true. It’s been a long time since we’ve had such issues, but I’ve dealt with such vandalism/theft before.

      • treadlemusic Says:

        Yes, we do and then go on knowing that those who do such things (even “innocent” pranks) are few and they must not hold us “captive” by such activities! Blessings…and peace (and hugs;-b )

  4. Sorry to hear that. That is terrible that someone would come into your yard and hack away at your flowers!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Hack, yes, good descriptive verb because that’s what it was. And the hydrangeas are right outside my front door, not all that far from our bedroom. It takes some nerve…

  5. cecilia Says:

    Goodness me, what an unusual thing to do. Run up to someones front door and tear out their flowers..horrible. I hope you find who did it and put them to work.. c

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Oh, I’ve had this happen in the past. Flowers pulled, although no hacking of the hydrangea. Putting the culprit to work sounds like the ideal punishment.

      • That would be a smart punishment wouldn’t it – getting them to work on the garden, mowing the lawn, tending the seedlings and plants. What an utterly miserable mean thing to happen, but as you say you do have blooms left and I hope they are magnificent for the big day

      • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

        Thank you so much. My sister, who is a floral designer, decided she will gather hydrangea from her yard and those of friends, for the wedding.

  6. […] yet. Audrey Kletscher Helbling, who writes the Minnesota Prairie Roots blog, reports today that a thief attacked her hydrangea bush. They didn’t want a fresh bouquet, they just wanted to ruin someone’s garden in […]

  7. I feel for you. Last spring when my red and yellow tulips were coming in beautifully, someone came along and snipped them all off, right under the blossom. I cannot for the life of me fathom what needs to be inside someone that they willfully destroy something as simple and beautiful as garden flowers.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      I don’t understand this either, Susan, and I’m sorry you had to go through the same thing. I’ve had other of my flowers picked and tossed through the years, too, but not for quite awhile. This just really got to me this time given the plan for the hydrangrea. My florist sister now tells me she will gather all the hydrangea for my daughter’s wedding so I don’t have to worry if this happens again.

  8. Jackie Says:

    Ugh, so sorry about the flowers, I hope you find the culprit.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      I doubt the thief will be found. But if I hear even the slightest noise at night, I’ll pop out of bed and…

  9. Grrrr, how dare they!
    Remember, you are welcome to anything I have in the garden come September–goodness the days are flying by!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Thank you, Stacey. For right now, we have the wedding flowers covered. I so appreciate your offer…


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