City Forestry: Blunt Park flower bed to remain fallow

       The Colorado Springs Parks Department has - for now, at least - given up on growing flowers in the 70-square-foot bed at Blunt Park.
       The last time flowers were there for any length of time was the summer of 2004 when a Girl Scout troop adopted it for the first year of the volunteer Springs in Bloom effort, planting about 160 flowers.
       But the Scouts had some issues that year, in part because the garden, located under the “Blunt Park” sign at 24th and Vermijo streets, receives no irrigation, according to horticulturalist Donna Sanchez of City Parks' Forestry Division.
       Keeping that in mind and having a little more budget in 2005, the city took Blunt Park off the Springs in Bloom list, expecting to resume city care of the flower bed with the help of a city water truck.
       But a new problem arose. Twice over the past two summers staffers planted perennials in the Blunt flower bed, only to have all of them stolen. Occasional flower thefts aren't unusual, but “it's not normally like that where every single thing is taken out,” Sanchez said.
       When no one from the neighborhood complained about the loss, Forestry decided to plant nothing at all this year. “Nobody seemed to have any interest in it,” she said. “There was no question about it till now.”

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