Residents of a North Carolina community are being told by their Homeowners Association that they must have:
- Healthy grass free of brown patches and weeds.
- Living trees with mulch.
- Planter beds with living shrubs and flowers.
No matter that there are water restrictions in effect due to severe drought conditions.
"While the Board is aware of the inconvenience presented by the heat
and water restrictions, we believe that having neatly landscaped lawns
of grass is of the utmost importance to our community," said a letter
sent to the homeowners in August. Here’s the story.
And here’s another one, a story from Georgia about a battle over silk flowers, which apparently offend the sensibilities of the community association.
And worst of all, a poor schlump in California lost his home because he planted too many roses.
The good news? These stories are coming fast and furious because they’re being covered by local media. There’s a nice compilation of these and other stories on the top political blog DailyKos, and thanks to Craig at Ellis Hollow for the tip.