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Sad to see garden be destroyed

To the editor:

For the past 20-plus years I’ve grown and tended flowers in a small 8x10 flower garden I made behind our mailboxes at the end of Settlement Hill. After winter of any intensity the splash of color of those flowers is a welcome sight.

Neighbors gave suggestions, thumbs up or down for color combinations, and the owners of the home behind the patch appreciated its care.

When they moved and left their home to the son, I felt a sense of unease but his wife said she too liked the colors, and I did not receive a request to cease.

Sadly, with no notice, on Sunday the owner mowed over the flowers to stubble — tulips, daffys, dahlias, perennials and irises a few days away from blooming.

Many will miss the palette of color next spring and perhaps this is just a small thing, but is that not which makes up the whole of us? Nurturing and caretaking take time and patience, while destruction only requires anger.

How sad to have people move into the country who clearly hate nature.

Susan Shorrock

New Ipswich

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