Re: Bizzarre neighbor
Is it really so bizarre? Not everyone thinks gardens look good. Last I
read, only 15% of the population was gardening. And just think about how
our own tastes in plants change over time. I once planted
morning glories - (!) Who says sloppy, falling over perennials that only
bloom nicely for three weeks at best - are something that's good on a fence
line shared with other property? Maybe ya'll should ask the neighbor what
he'd like to see growing there - it might be grass only - nothing wrong
with that, might be wax begonias (gag, but - hey...), might be a nice clean,
mulched edge. Maybe he's right! Seems that you should find a way
to solve the problem.
Cyndy Ross wrote:
had the most bizarre encounter with the neighbor of the community garden
today. This time it was the husband. He called me over to the
fence while I was watering my potato plants, "Can I talk to you?"
I nodded, "sure". He introduced himself as "Buck" -- wait, it gets
better.... He then asked me "Are you going to take care of this,
this year? (he pointed to the area along the fence-line)". I just
said "yes". He then proceeded to tell me he "didn't like (our) 'stuff'
growing through the fence & hanging in his yard." He then asked
me, again, if I was going to take care of (the area). He then said
if "(we) don't, (he) was going to spray 'them' & kill them (meaning
the flowers growing along the fence). I don't want to have to, but
I will if you don't take care of it." The
conversation ended & I walked away dumbfounded -- these people claim
to be avid church-going (Methodist) people. I had answered his question
3 times. Yet, he still followed up with a threat to destroy church
property. These are the same people who called the W. Bloomfield
code enforcement officer. The C.E. officer came out to the church
property about 2 weeks ago & said he had received 3 complaints from
the neighbors. Bottomline: We are not in violation of any codes,
ordinances, laws, etc. However, the woman next door wants us to move
the garden back from the road 60 feet to be in line with her setback --since
the garden area is in our 'backyard', this does not apply to us. Our
congregational president was not available. So, I called our trustee
(ex-mayor of Sylvan Lake & current police auxiliary) & our new
Pastor. The trustee said to call the police to have a record.
Our pastor said to put it all in writing, don't call the police, &
she will talk to them next week. Anyway,
on Sunday, June 4, we are blessing the garden during the services.
Would you like to join us? Services are 8:15 & 9:45 AM (Summer
hours). I'd love
to hear what you all have to say about the above! Peace
Be With You,Cyndy Ross,
ChairpersonFellowship, SLLC Organic Community
Garden, Memorial Garden, & 'Welcoming Wagon' committeesSylvan
Lake Lutheran Church2399 Figa AvenueW.
Bloomfield, MI 48324-1808 firstname.lastname@example.orgZone