What 'interesting' bits of gardening have you seen?
I'm sure we've all seen the mounds and mounds of mulch piles around trees at various public buildings. I'm certain this is a way for building management companies to make more money by using extra mulch, but then also charging to replant the trees when they die! At least that's my theory and I'm sticking to it!
I've been noticing some other "interesting" things as I drive around.
Last year I watched as a landscaper installed a big berm in someone's yard. They planted all sorts of perennials and a couple shrubs. Here's the kicker....the berm was made entirely of sand. I swear it looked like kids could have played trucks on the berm or it was going to be used as a giant litter box. Surprise, surprise! All the plants this spring, well nearly all of them are DEAD. Those poor homeowners probably have no idea what "they" did wrong.
And then I saw something driving home the other day that made me gasp/scream. Literally, I let out an almost wail-like sound of mourning. My neighbors down the road have the most gorgeous white magnolia stellata. I've admired it for years wishing it was in my yard. I came home from work and saw that they cut it back ever so randomly. Not coppiced or any type of logical pruning. They just took loppers to it and cut, and cut, and cut. There are green little sprigs of leaves on it now, but I almost want to cry every time I see this poor tree. I'm not sure what they were thinking.
So, what odd garden things have you seen in your travels that makes you stop and wonder.....WHY????