Hostas forum: A Hosta Story

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Cinta
Jun 4, 2016 7:46 PM CST
This is something that only hosta lovers will understand.

I had a house up for sale and a couple asked me if they could rent it and they would like to buy it after a year. Well one year went by and they asked for extension. I gave them one more year. They were not able to get their credit up enough to buy so I told them I could not extend for a third yr.

Because they were an older couple and I have had a lot going on I had not checked the property in a year. I have a landscaper that takes care of the properties I have. But now comes the hosta part.

When I came to get the keys and do the walk through they were so proud to show me the outdoor; improvements they made. Dug up the Hostas and put in annuals. She said her and her DH cleaned out around the pond and planted some flowers.

I did not have the heart to shoot them . Whistling I am sure the look on my face was not pleasant. But I will not charge them as I have done for other tenants that have taken it upon themselves to try to landscape the property. They really thought the Hostas were weeds. Bless their heart they are off my property.

I have been walking around my Hosta gardens to see what I can divide to landscape around the pond again.
Name: Gerry Donahue
Pleasant Lake, IN (Zone 5b)
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profesora
Jun 4, 2016 8:21 PM CST
Send me your address and I will send you some hostas.
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Jun 5, 2016 7:03 AM CST
I did not have the heart to shoot them . Whistling I am sure the look on my face was not pleasant. But I will not charge them as I have done for other tenants that have taken it upon themselves to try to landscape the property. They really thought the Hostas were weeds. Bless their heart they are off my property.


Sighing! Sad Sighing!
Ann

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Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Jun 5, 2016 12:14 PM CST
Yes as the saying goes. No good deed goes unpunished.

The apartment they were living in the rent was going up to $1200 from $1,000 and they asked me if they could rent my place and once they were in there they said they wanted to buy. They are in their late 50s.

I hated to tell them to go but when I saw my Hostas I did not feel bad anymore.

Gerry thank you so much if you have extras I will gladly pay for the postage. I am not physically in shape to start digging up hostas now. I can get the landscaper to plant them.
Name: Wes
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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Wes
Jun 5, 2016 11:05 PM CST
That's sad. I think further rental agreements would have some BOLD print in regard to "outdoor improvement".

Sighing!
Name: Gerry Donahue
Pleasant Lake, IN (Zone 5b)
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profesora
Jun 6, 2016 5:41 AM CST
Good morning,

Tree-mail me your address and indicate the amount of sun to shade ratio that you have.
I will pay the postage.

Gerry
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Jun 6, 2016 4:28 PM CST
Wes it is in the Lease. I have a check off list that they sign. I do a walk through before they move in. Each Item is explained and the cost if it is damaged or changed. My walk through are about an hour.

I thought I was clear "No outside work needs is to be done". Lawn, shrubs, and plants are cared for by the landlord. I thought that was clear. The only ones that have violated that said they knew and was willing to pay because they did what they wanted. I have never had anyone tell me they were helping me.

Thank you Gerry I t-mailed maybe we can work out something. You are so sweet to offer.
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Name: Diann
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Jun 16, 2016 8:10 AM CST

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Cinta, you have a good heart and are a very kind person. A much better person than me as I would have shot them on the spot. (not really, but..) Sighing!
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Jun 17, 2016 8:37 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing @Ticker.

My daughter was with me and she said she thought I was going to smack her. She saw the look. She said she had positioned herself to pull my hands off her neck so I did not go to jail for homicide. It took great restraint.

A kind member sent me some beauties to replace them. Lovey dubby

Garden people are so nice until you ripe up their plants and call them weeds. I gave them a lower rent than they were paying and paid their gas bill for 2 years and they ripped up my hostas. I really wanted to kill them. Grumbling
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SpringGreenThumb
Sep 3, 2016 10:14 PM CST
I just read your story. I'm so sorry about that. Often there are folks who think that they are doing the right thing just because it's something they WANT to do.

I respect the restrain that you had.

Your story reminded me of back when I had a very large raspberry plant patch along the back side of my orchard. One February morning new owners of the neighboring property cleaned their place up and piled a giant mound of branches near our property line then set it on fire.

While they were enjoyably talking the fire got away from them... Crossed the border, burned through my dormant raspberry patch, and boiled the sap in 2 rows of my fruit trees. They hopped the fence and helped me put the fire out. After a short apology I never heard another word about it.

Later I mentioned to another neighbor that I was offended at the damage they caused my plants and felt they should either pay for it or replace it. She told the offenders how I felt.

The folks who burned my raspberries and fruit trees were so offended that I could have such an unreasonable expectation. It would cost them over a thousand dollars to replace what they burned so they were not going to do it.

The next season they did the same bonfire... When I saw the fire I quickly turned on the irrigation water to flood down that strip of my land to make it too wet to catch fire.

The neighbors were offended that my actions insinuated they might not watch the fire properly. They told me there was no reason to "Act like that."

I was afraid to ever plant anything on that portion of my property again.

Some people actually think it makes them feel or look stronger to add insult to injury. In my opinion it just reveals their true foul character.

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