Posted: 07/03/2015 at 20:03
Anything taken from someone else,without their permission or knowledge , is not right...including seeds.
i have had things taken .....some come in to help themselves to cuttings,,seed heads, etc and they are offended when I tell them to pay £5. It IS stealing. they are MY property. I am a generous person.....I give plants, cuttings etc anything usually if asked.
i used to grow a highly colourful front wall......featuring mesembryanthemums which are hardy down here. These were regularly ripped out. I caught one couple greedily attempting to remove a whole plant but unsuccessfully. their mistake was in leaving their car...both of them (and they were ostensibly respectable middle aged ) I caught them before they got to their car and took a photo of them. They offered to pay and I said £40. Lesson learned for them I think.
we KNOW if it's wrong or not.
picking blackberries, for example, on private property is wrong. Taking daffodil flowers is wrong.
Christopher lloyd wrote about people helping themselves to cuttings from his garden and he was angry about it.......often because his plants were damaged in the process but mostly because they STOLE from him.
i learned as a kid that pinching apples...scrumping......from someone's garden was not quite the thing to do. The owner, armed with a stick, whacked each of us kids as we attempted to get away.