The conflict between residents in suburban London over ‘community blooms’ has ended rather sadly.

A note asking other residents to “Please don’t pick my flowers. Thank you.” sparked a massive debate which resulted in the flowers being dug up and moved elsewhere.

“In an area massively affected by gentrification, it’s sad to see people claiming ownership of even the flowers,” one concerned neighbour replied in their own hand-written note.

“Flowers on the public pavement are owned by all the community, not just the house they happen to fall in front of,” reinforced another.

“Are you serious?” asked another, “This is not about ownership or gentrification, this is about someone trying to make the street a nicer place for everyone by planting flowers and people stealing them and stamping on them.”

“Totally agree. This was done with love and a spirit of community for heaven’s sake!”

Sadly one final post-it silenced everyone.

“Love, you’ve got plenty of spare time on your hands. Why don’t you plant some flowers? ‘Mine’ are going elsewhere,” the original writer said.

The exchange was captured in a viral tweet by Mashable reporter Rachel Thompson‏, which attracted some hilarious responses including one which labelled the dispute ‘the most middle-class argument ever’.

We actually had a discussion on this very topic of picking flowers recently – check out what mums thought HERE.

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  • If they are out on the footpath I don’t think she has any say. I wonder if people are simply yanking the flowers of instead of picking them properly and damaging the plants too. Back to the days when we had nice fences some people leaned over fences and picked flowers. Annoying as they yanked 1/2 the bush out in their effort. Had they asked for the flowers or cuttings off the bushes they would have given some if the bush was large enough. We knew one guy was picking ours as Mum had seen him. Our dog must have picked up the guy’s odour as once when I took her for a walk we had only just gone out through the gate when he came along. Our dog let him know in no uncertain manner that he was not welcome. He complained so I said obviously the dog had picked up his “scent” on something of ours. I didn’t make any direct allegation about the bushes and he didn’t deny he had touched anything.

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  • There Just flowers!

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  • If they are in a public space then unfortunately they aren’t hers to keep and she can’t really stop people from picking them. If she wants her own, then she needs to plant some on her property.

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  • It’s a pretty basic note I don’t know why you would feel the need to turn it into an argument, if you were doing it stop and if you weren’t keep going about your business.

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  • How sad that some lovely flowers disintegrated to this.

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  • Why would she plant them on public property if she wanted them to be hers? If she wanted to pretty up the place, why not choose something basic like daisies that grow easily with flowers plentiful. I’m only assuming “her” flowers were fancy or something.

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  • Plenty of people in my area plant things on their nature strips. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask people not to pick or destroy the flowers. It was done to beautify the area in which they live and for others to enjoy looking at.

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  • i think leave them there

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  • Unfortunately in public places some people will do this which is not nice.

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  • If she planted them, it’s her right to ask people not to pick them.


    • Plants and flowers should be enjoyed by all and picking them ends them – so leaving them for everyone to enjoy is community minded.

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  • who even picks “public” flowers anyway, leave them to look pretty for everyone

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  • she planted them because she wanted the area around her house to be nice. sh p aid for them, she has the right to be able to tell people not to pick them.

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  • If someone planted them to improve the area where they live, whether it’s a public area or not, they have the right to ask others not to pick them. It’s not something I would ever consider doing. I’m glad she ended up moving them, go grow your own flowers and leave other people’s alone!

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  • I’d never pick flowers in public. They’re for everyone to enjoy. Its so selfish taking them.

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  • Oh my goodness, people are so funny

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