Ok, so I'm a bit of a scavenger...

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    MaryMary Quite Contrary

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    I was recently reading on my town's official website. I noticed they have a list of rules for the town cemetery. Paraphrasing one of the rules, you are not allowed to plant any flowers unless you have made arrangements with the city manager. Judging from the placement of the flowers I have seen planted there, I'm assuming this is because they don't want the guy on the mower to have to slow down any. :cautious: :rolleyes:

    Another rule is that all potted plants must be removed 10 days after Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, And Memorial Day.


    :whistle: Wonder what happens to the potted plants that are not removed by the 11th day?


    In today's attitude of disposable everything, combined with the attitude that "they pay someone to do that," I can't see a majority of people going back to pick up the flowers they left. I would assume that non-gardening people might buy them, drop them off, and never think about it 'til the next time they drop off flowers. :(


    I have driven past there in spring, and seen many, many pots of spring flowers. More tulips, hyacinths, and daffodils than I have room for. :love: It seems a shame that they would just go to waste. (n)


    On the understanding that the cemetery is closed at dark, do you think it would be acceptable to make a pass through there at dusk, and pick up any orphans? Maybe I should call the city, or the cemetery, and ask if there is a "dumping ground" for these pots of flowers? :unsure:
     
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    Chuck

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    I'd find out who the grounds keeper is and talk to him. To hell with the city manager or anyone else who doesn't actually do the work.
     
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    Here, a university student climbed into a skip (a big duster cart) at the back of a big supermarket chain and took some reduced food stuff. She was given a criminal record for that!

    How nasty was that? Now they have wised up to the fact that even though things were a day or two old, they can still be consumed and another chain store is selling tin foods which have past their sell by date for 10p each.

    One day, I saw an orchid for £2.75 and the lady said she couldn't sell it to me. I actually didn't want orchid, but I felt bad that they might chuck the pot away. Big stores like these lack in flexibility. They could easily stick a price tag of 50p and can sell it for charity or petty cash for the shop. I would say listen to chuck and talk to the person closing the gate, MaryMary and the plants and the environment might thank you for that. Oh, shh! Can I come with you?
     
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    MaryMary Quite Contrary

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    @Chuck, good idea. (y)

    I'll check into it this spring, but I'm not sure they have a permanent groundskeeper. :confused: :unsure: I also saw an ad on the city site that they are accepting bids for next year's mowing, so that will go to the cheapest person. :cautious: I don't really remember seeing any planted areas that would require attending...


    @alp, I had the same thing happen at a Walmart. The plant was dead, and by that I mean it was crispy-crunchy. It was a perennial, so I was willing to take a chance. The red sticker (Red or orange is for clearance items here.) said $3.50. I found an employee, and asked if it could be marked down further. No, that was the cheapest it would go, then it was going in the dumpster!! :eek: :(


    :sneaky: Yes!! (But we might have to be ninja-quiet!! :ninja: :ROFLMAO:.)
     
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    @MaryMary
    Maybe I'm superstitious. I'm sorry. :unsure:
    But you can not bring something from the cemetery. Even plants. It belongs to the deceased. We always heard this from our grandmothers. They learned this from their grandmothers. This brings misfortune. But we are a little pagan. :)

    Of course, it's up to you to decide for yourself. :)
     
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    What if I wait until they have taken them off and put them in a pile somewhere? :unsure: Once they are thrown in the trash... maybe the misfortune will follow the person who puts them in the heap? (y)
     
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    So all you have to do is ask the guy who makes the heap where it is and when he makes the heap. Seems to me that if any misfortune occurs it would happen to the person who told the guy to make the heap and that you would get Brownie points for saving the poor deceased plants from an ignominious fate.
     
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    I Sometimes Tidy up graves for relatives of the deceased that can't for some reason get there them selves...................In fact just this morning I had to go to a green Cemetery that has trees instead of head stones. the Relative could not go & plant her bulbs as she is unwell so I offered to do so for her. but in the past have on occasion noticed thrown away pot plants like roses and bulbs in cemetery's in the bins& have saved the plant from certain death its self by planting in my garden.
     
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    Go to the caretaker at the cemetery and tell him/ her that for pay of 1 cent per year you will gather up all the flowers on day 11. That will keep it all legal. :D
     
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    Well, you know @MaryMary i expect you are the only person in the world ever to read the civic rules regarding the cemetery including the City Manager laughing girl1.gif Do you really think the City Manager is going to go to the cemetery every day? No you will find him/her at Starbucks. Do you really think the City Manager has a clue what the rules are? I agree with @Chuck. It doesn't sound like there is a cemetery grounds keeper if they out source the mowing each year. If here is you might talk to him/her about picking up potted plants left after 10 days of the holidays mentioned. I don't think this is stealing from the dead if they are going to be dumped anyway, i see it as rescuing plants that will otherwise dry up and die.You have a lot of sound advice here. I think you will do what you feel comfortable doing, and for heaven's sake keep us posted. I think you will find some wonderful bulbs. Is the cemetery fenced and locked at night?:ninja::happy:
     
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    I sometimes got freebies or made a little donations for plants destiined for the duster carts in diy gc. This lady literally went with me to the check and told the staff there that I could have them free or for a little donation. Once this rough woman shouted that 20p was not enough for donation. Should have complained. The end of the day, chucking them to the tip with pots is an ever worse offence. These plastic pots never biodegrade..
     
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    Be careful or you might end up like this... ee7efe9959040fdb1993f70b54209ce7--smiley-faces-face-art.jpg .....:ROFLMAO: :cautious: :whistle:
     
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    No, it is not. :ninja: However, now that I give it little more thought, it occurs to me that without a daily groundskeeper, maybe no one is removing the pots on the 11th day, either. Maybe they only get removed the first day of mowing after the 11th day. I really don't want to remove them from the graveside, that would feel like stealing to me, whether I knew the plant was going to die, or not. (n)



    :LOL: Ok!! :D





    They've got to catch me first! :ninja: ;)
     
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    No, i wouldn't either, best to go through the caretaker if they have one or the person doing the mowing.
     
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    Cemetery, cool and quiet, hate to leave your sacred lay...

    Dread the milky coming of the day ...

     
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