My neighbor picks flowers off of our trees/plants in the front yard. The first time we caught her doing this, she told us she uses them for prayer and asked if it was OK.
This is becoming a daily routine. We hardly have any flowers left.
Today, I came out to find a whole branch missing off my plumeria tree.
When asked about it she replied, “I picked a flower, and the branch broke off.” Those branches are very sturdy, the flowers need no force when picked, which makes me believe she did it on purpose.
I’m getting fed up but feel uncomfortable saying something since she uses the flowers for prayer.
What do you think I should do? – Free Flowers
Reading this as a homeowner and avid gardener, I would be pissed- but find myself agreeing with Amy’s advice. Perhaps you could take her a potted geranium (their blooms tend to regrow quickly when plucked). Tell her, “Here is a plant for you as a gift from us. Do not take any more blooms from our yard. You do NOT have permission to do this anymore. Do you understand?” There is no need to explain further. Post a small sign near the edge of your yard saying, “Private Property,” as a little visual reminder that every time she wanders in, she is trespassing
How would you handle such a situation?