Monday, July 11, 2011

Things are Still Not Going My Way

Given the way things have been going lately I was not all that surprised to have my wife beckon me to the front window Saturday morning with the news that there was “water gushing everywhere.” I looked outside and, sure enough, water was gushing everywhere. I ran out the door and discovered that the main hose for my drip irrigation system had disconnected from the faucet. That was an easy fix but the cause for it perplexed me. Until it dawned on me that something else was wrong with this picture: 

The nice white pot with the Acer palmatum ‘Kamagata’ was missing.

Acer Palmatum 'Kamagata' in a White Pot

Apparently someone decided that they needed my potted tree more than I did and in their haste to make off with it they pulled the drip irrigation line out.

In the grand scheme of things this is not a big deal. But I was depressed. I was particularly fond of my small little tree. I liked the shape of it. I liked its sharp leaves (which give the ‘Kamagata’ its name – translated it means “Eagle’s Claws”). I liked that it was one of the two trees that JD Vertrees had decided to name.

And I really liked my white pot which gave the tree a little extra height and really brightened up a very shady spot in the yard.

What bugs me the most is that I'm sure that whoever stole it won't enjoy it as much as I had. 


  1. WOW! Sorry to hear about that, the audacity of people these days... I'm sure your right, that person will not have the same affliction or maybe affection as you, towards it..

  2. Your comment about affliction/affection made me laugh. There really is a fine line between the two when talking about our love for plants, isn't there? Thanks for posting!

  3. Plant envy is a terrible thing!I like to think of gardeners as being better than that. I don't suppose the police would be interested in a missing Acer Palmatum even after 24 hours had passed. You could say your pot had been stolen, but that would just be foolish.

  4. Becky - I didn't expect much from the "fuzz" in this case since I realize my missing tree isn't that big of a deal on the grand scheme of things, but my neighbors encouraged me to file a report with the Sheriff's office anyway so that they could at least add it to their stats. So I did, and, of course, nothing has happened.