Over a period of time, my bitty 3" sprigs of lemongrass grew to what were easily 4' tall beasties, with oodles of thick stalks which were powerfully fragrant when brushed. We used them in Thai coconut soup (tom kha) for the most part, not a frequent occurrence, but when we did, it was more than worth it to snip a few and have fresh home-grown lemongrass stalks flavoring the broth.
Well, we were making soup yesterday evening and went out to cut some... and found it gone. Not pruned, not moved, but uprooted like a weed and discarded somewhere unknown like so much crabgrass. Which is pretty special considering how strongly they smelled when bruised. You'd have to be pretty oblivious to continue thinking they were weeds long enough to remove three entire plants of the stuff.
Are y'all territorial about your plants? Because I am.
He tried to give me the runaround when I called him (a couple hours ago now), saying he didn't know I had plants (we've been over this before), that he wasn't responsible (oh yeah? He hired the gardeners!), he hadn't given me permission to plant in the ground (these were plants in pots), he didn't know why the gardeners would have had any reason to touch potted plants (well obviously they DID)...
He said he would look into it. Yes, you do that.
If push comes to shove, it's small claims court, baby. I want those plants replaced, and a lemongrass plant that size runs $30 easy. Multiply by three and you have what I want - cash or grass, so long as it fits the bill. (3" starter plants will NOT do.)
In the meantime, I had to go to the grocery store to get stalks I should have been able to cut (at higher quality) from my own garden. Major suck.