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Old 02-02-2010, 11:54 PM   #11
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Pistol whip the lunkhead for destroying a little old lady's lilacs.

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Not many places will have large, mature shrubs. The average homeowner lacks the equipment to transport/plant them, nurseries and landscapers make their profit in volume and subsequently won't waste the space on them, and you don't get symmetry in old shrubs like you can if you raise them from small ones and train them. I have bought them from homeowners before, but only after every other option was exhausted.

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First off, keep the wise ass comments to yourself please, this is semi serious.

So one of my hair brained, knuckle dragging crews went out on a job and ripped up some 60 year old lilac bushes that belong to, quite possibly, the nicest little old lady we have encountered lately.

She is over 80 years old and she has been growing and tending to these lilacs for the 60 years they have been growing on her property. Judging by her emotions, this might be all she has left and her tears really left an impression on my co-worker.

We have been able to discover two things thus far ( outside of the obvious that you never send a lineman into a delicate area ):

1) Lilacs are currently out of season

2) Nobody grows and sells large, already to go, transplant style lilacs around here.

I need a full grown lilac solution. Anyone know of a place that can help us out?

Thanks,

JD
That is really so sad, and kudos to you for caring so much. That's very cool of you.

Good luck. I know squat about the plants, but did want to comment on the goodness of your heart.
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I don't think anyone will ship plants right now. Too much chance of freezing during transport.

BTW: save the wood! It's the best for smoking chicken on the grill. It tastes like it smells!

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UPDATE:

We found a local place ( about 60 miles away ) that has full grown trees for sale. $200-$250 a tree. We are going to be buying a couple of those and having our landscaper transport and plant them at the scene of the crime.

Thanks to everyone who responded.

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I don't think anyone will ship plants right now. Too much chance of freezing during transport.

BTW: save the wood! It's the best for smoking chicken on the grill. It tastes like it smells!
Lilac chicken?
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Pistol whip the lunkhead for destroying a little old lady's lilacs.
JD indicated this guy was a lineman. Pistol whipping a bad idea.
Job description for lineman: Size 50 shirt with size 1 hat.

I know because I used to be one but didn't quite fit job size description. So I became a splicer.
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Oh. Well in that case, Run away! Run away!

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JD indicated this guy was a lineman. Pistol whipping a bad idea.
Job description for lineman: Size 50 shirt with size 1 hat.

I know because I used to be one but didn't quite fit job size description. So I became a splicer.
Yeah. Here's the deal. These guys are all the big, knuckle dragging Alpha males. Most of them, I am sure, have been in cuffs, at one time or another. They all think they walk on water and my guys all have shirts that say "Power Lineman Member IBEW: Even Police and Firemen Need Heros".

Needless to say, the best way to punish them is take away their overtime & give them crappy trucks to work with. Physical violence is a bad idea, even if you also are a big guy, because their crews are like little gangs.

Someone's crew will be working 5 days 8 hour days for the next few weeks. They hate that.
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Ah yes, the good ole international brotherhood of electrical workers (I will reserve my comments about the union at this time).

Glad to hear that you found a nursery that had some and are taking care it.

PS. don't forget to file your grievance. (for all the good it does)

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