Ill-Fated Flowerbed

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Squidward's begonias are pushing up daisies.

Flowers are beautiful, and gardeners from all around the world take great care of them and spend a lot of time tending to their flowerbeds. Unfortunately, flowers also are fragile and damaging them is easy.

This sad fate happens to fictitious flower parterres quite regularly. They can be accidentally Trampled Underfoot or mowed down by The Klutz, blown away by Hostile Weather, stolen by unscrupulous and mean-spirited characters, etc. Often to the horror of the poor gardener who loved his flowers (which are often begonias) a lot, sometimes to the point of triggering a violent ire within him.

More rarely, the ruination befalls vegetable gardens or lawns instead of flowers.

A Sister Trope to That Poor Plant (plant gets sacrificed to show the danger of something).

Compare Priceless Ming Vase, Doomed New Clothes.


Examples:

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    Comic Books 
  • One gag in Achille Talon involves Achille trying to bring a bucket of fresh, quality soil to his fancy love interest Virgule de Guillemets. His car malfunctions and he has to ask a truck with a load of mud to tow him to his destination. Unfortunately, when they arrive at Virgule's, the lorry unloads all the soil on her philodendrons, ruining them.
  • Asterix in Britain has a scene where an English gardener stands back to admire a lawn that has taken generations to train into its current immaculate state — just in time for a chase scene to go pounding across it.

    Comic Strips 
  • Garfield is very fond of playing in flowerbeds and utterly annihilating them at the same time.

    Literature 
  • A greensward variation of this occurs in Reaper Man, in which Unseen University's head gardener bit through the handle of his spade in fury when a Zombie chose to emerge from the Earth... right under the immaculately tended lawn which was his pride and joy.

    Films — Animation 
  • In The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Tigger "bounces" Rabbit and destroys his garden.
    Rabbit: Oh Tigger, look what you've done to my beautiful garden!
    Tigger: Yeuch! Messy, isn't it?
    Rabbit: Messy? Messy? IT'S RUINED!
  • In the Wallace & Gromit feature The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, vegetable gardens are Serious Business in W&G's neighborhood, so the pair make money removing rabbits off people's gardens. Then the titular Were-Rabbit arrives and destroys gardens all over town, which is treated by the populace as akin to a murderous rampage.
  • A mild example in Lady and the Tramp. Lady accidentally digs out one of the Darlings' tulips while burying a bone. She puts it back quickly, only she put it upside-down.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In George of the Jungle, Ape goes, well, ape when Shep the elephant drops a wooden log on his rosebed.
    Ape: No, not ON THE ROSES! Aaaaaugh!

    Video Games 
  • The opening scene of Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness features Flonne watering her flower garden when Laharl enters the scene riding on a meteor... and then Etna enters, also riding a meteor.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the Hila Rao Shrine sits in the middle of a field of flowers that is constantly watched by a woman named Magda, and boy is the lady hell bent on averting this trope. Stepping on them repeatedly will send her in an Unstoppable Rage and she will ram on the intruder to punish him for his trampling.
  • In Paper Mario: Sticker Star, a hapless Toad in Bouquet Gardens is seen bawling over the loss of his precious flower garden, lost to the heavy winds that blowed over the level (courtesy of the Fan sticker). Fortunately, Mario can restore the ravaged parterre with flower stickers.
  • One of the many acts of vandalism Paperboy can commit is riding over flowerbeds.
  • Steam Gardens, in Super Mario Odyssey features a secret flower field that is very dear the the Steam Gardeners' robotic hearts. Unfortunately, it turns out the field has been found by Torkdrift, a daisy-like UFO that proceeded to vacuum all its flowers. Mario manages to destroy the monstrosity, but not before it managed to destroy most of the parterre.

    Web Comics 
  • Subnormality: Exploited in-universe in Hell: in "Can't Win", a damned soul's punishment consists of being put in an area where, no matter what he does, he will always end up enraging a large, violent man who is standing right behind him. The soul figures all he has to do to avoid this is not do or say anything... until the last panel reveals that he's standing on top of said man's flowerbed.
    Large, violent man: MY PRIZE PETUNIAS!

    Western Animation 
  • In the pilot of the Iron Man cartoon series, the Big Bad is enraged that a minion of his killed off his begonias while cooling off his drink using cryokinetics.
  • In the Pac-Man episode "Hocus Pocus Pac-Man", Pac-Baby eats his mother's entire flower garden.
  • In Rocket Power, the kids accidentally destroy Violet Stimpleton's flowerbed, preventing her from winning a gardening contest that she wins every year. They make it up to her by winning a skating contest and giving her the prize.
  • In the Rugrats episode, "Tommy's First Birthday", Spike rolls around in the flowerbed of Didi's garden, which is one of the reasons why Tommy wants to eat dog food so he can become a dog. As Spike rolls around in the flowerbed, Lou scolds him to get out.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Homer ruins a garden in "There's No Disgrace Like Home" while taking his family on a peeking tour of the neighborhood's houses, but not the one he meant to.
      Bart: Whoa, look at this place. What a dump.
      Homer: That's what you think. I just trampled this poor sap's flower bed. (laughs)
      Marge: Homer, this is our house.
      Homer: D'oh!
    • Homer once needed flowers for a float, and so he picked Ned's garden clean.
      Ned: Uh, excuse me neighbor, I couldn't help but notice you picked pretty much all of my flowers.
      Homer: Can't make a float without flowers!
      Ned: Oh, sure enough, but did you have to salt the earth so nothing will ever grow again?
      Homer: Heh heh... yeah...
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • "Truth or Square" reveals that Squidward once had a precious flower parterre next to his home that was squashed by a giant pineapple that would later become SpongeBob's house.
    • Squidward's begonias gets trampled again in "Sportz?" because of Patrick's and SpongeBob's sports antics.
    • And AGAIN in "SpongeBob, You're Fired!"

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