The internet is bitterly divided over the Great Floral Frauds of 2019.
After a Post-It war of notes broke out on a street in south London, and quickly went viral, the author of the first note would want to clarify the situation.
A few days ago, I was walking my way in Brixton when I saw a tree that was papered with a kaleidoscopic series of handwritten notes. "Please, do not choose my flowers, thank you," he read the first letter. "In an area mbadively affected by gentrification, it is sad to see people claiming ownership of even the flowers," responded another note, written in green ink.
After tweeting pictures of the war of words, the plot went viral, winning 16K I like, and 2.1K retweets, and even a cheeky retweet of James Corden. Everyone was taking sides. The Internet has now been divided into three distinct fields: Team My Flowers, Team Green Ink and Team Pink Post It Note.
After the argument of the flower made its way into almost all national newspapers, I received a DM from the author of the original "do not pick up my flowers" note asking if I would like to visit a chat and a glbad of wine in his garden Naturally, I had I want to meet the owner of the besieged lupine to know the history of what led to the publication of the original note. So, last night, I knocked on a door near the flower site, and I came face to face with the author of the note, Serena Wilson. He handed me a glbad of wine and showed me his garden, where he grows plants that he distributes in containers throughout the neighborhood.
Accountant Serena (who refused to take a picture) told me that she had spent a sleepless night after reading the handwritten responses in her original note. In fact, she felt so upset that she accidentally broke a shovel in two by digging up the container plants that caused the war of notes.
Serena had put the gardener on the street for everyone to enjoy. "My friend built the frame, I bought the floor, I put it there, that's my gift to the neighborhood," he said.
"The important message was not to collect the flowers, but it was also included with please and thank you," he told me. His note was not intended to trigger a land war over who owns the flowers, but rather to serve as a message that the plant "belongs to everyone, with the obligation to leave it there for all."
I asked him about the events that led to this exchange of notes. She told me she had been planting flowers in containers around the neighborhood for the past four years. Sharing plants with the community is something that brings joy and has helped her overcome some difficult moments recently. "My father died last year, I had a problem of one year last year, overcoming a long-term relationship, my father died," he said. "There have been many things to deal with and, actually, going out and growing things is pretty good."
"I basically did not sleep on Thursday night, I was so stiff with anger."
But Serena, and other community gardeners in the area, noticed that a large number of plants were completely removed from the containers by the root and then left to die. "It's not just about people walking by and taking a strange flower," Serena said.
When Serena came home to find not one but two responses to her original note, she was extremely upset. "I went down that night, I saw those two notes and the big flowers had been removed," he said.
The author of the note written in green ink was subject to a great deal of criticism when the tweet took hold. "I am completely on the team's post-it note and I absolutely abhor the green pen person" wrote A critic on Twitter. So, what does Serena do with "green ink"? Since the author of one of the notes has been folded online. "My poison friend, what was I trying to achieve?" Serena asked. "Was he telling me not to plant plants there because it's a public area or was he telling me that I have to get off my horse?" Basically, I did not sleep on Thursday night, I was so stiff with anger, "she said. . "What I really wanted to do was put a note saying:" Reader, I paid for them ".
A hot question I needed to get to the bottom of this question was: who was responsible for enclosing the notes in the plastic wallets and putting them in a tree? Serena told me that the people who responded to her note had made the decision to protect their own weatherproof notes and even provided them with their own pins. "That takes a little effort," he said.
Did the authors of the green pen note and the pink Post-It act together? Were they even part of the same house? "What makes me think they were not acting together was the fact that their plastic wallets were different and their drawing pins were different, so they were two separate homes that wanted to shake," he said.
"What was amazing this weekend were the people who came to talk to me," Serena said. After her note gained popularity online, Serena said that people came to express their support and sadness for what had happened. After the Post-It of green and pink ink appeared, Serena decided to take her plants to another place and distributed them in pots in the surroundings.
"I've had people come up and say: 'I'm really sorry they're gone,'" Serena explained. On another occasion, a neighbor saw her cry and came over and gave her a hug. "I was standing there looking at the tree and it hurt so much that green message and this lovely neighbor was there and she told me how are you?" And I just burst into tears and she was just there to give me a hug, " said Serena.
I asked Serena how she feels especially now that she is on the other side of the bloodshed in bloom. "I feel that my faith in humanity has been restored in a mbadive way," he said. "I am so alarmed by what is happening in the world, what our politicians say, what is happening with reproductive rights, but now I feel much more positive."
Will you consider putting a container back at the crime scene? "Yes, I will continue watering the plants in the neighborhood because they will die horribly if I do not," he said. "What I'm going to do is put some evergreen there."
So, what is the moral of this summer saga? The community flowers could always use an extra drop of water from pbaders-by. That the flowers are for everyone to enjoy. That you should always be kind to your neighbors.