Grand Theft Avocado

I carved out some time today to visit my favorite garden nursery. I caught up with my friend Doug who works there and he shared this news: someone cut through the nursery’s chain link fence in the middle of the night and made off with a prized, $250 avocado tree.

Who would steal a fruit tree?  I like my avocados as much as the next Californian, but risking jail time for breaking and entering and then stealing a tree defies common sense.

Grand theft may sound like an exaggeration, but in California:

Grand theft is committed when the value of stolen property exceeds $400. Theft is also considered grand theft when more than $250 in crops or marine life-forms are stolen, “when the property is taken from the person of another,” or when the property stolen is an automobile, farm animal, or firearm. -Wikipedia

Who knew?

On the plus side, there were still plenty of plants to be had and boy did I have fun.  I filled my cart with a plethora of seeds, cell packs and perennials and I’m ready to plant, plant, plant.

Check back tomorrow for show and tell.  In the meantime, here’s a photo teaser:

nursery plants

Nursery plants

6 thoughts on “Grand Theft Avocado

  1. Wow, that’s a weird one. I was just watching the morning news and ‘property crime’ is up 13% over last year in Edmonton. I see you made off like a bandit too, LOL. Are they for your curb side planter? I used to like to scoop up perennials at this time of year too. Up north here, there was always great sales in September. I bet you were like a kid in a candy store, have fun!!


    • I’ve read the property crime goes up during economic downturns. It sounds like your city has followed that trend.

      Yes (hee-hee) I did make off like a bandit and it’s killing me that I can’t seem to carve out the time to get out there. These are indeed for the curbside planter. You are a savvy shopper, buying plants in the fall. I hope this batch does well. The soil looks fluffy and ready to plant, the irrigation pipe is in from before, so it will be easy to reconnect the lines.

      Who needs candy when you have flowers?


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