I'm so glad you took the pictures when you did, guess you never know. That surprise is almost as bad as not getting a source!
I've always had an issue with this policy at many public buildings - pulling out plants that are still in beautiful bloom just to make room for the next seasonal rotation - so much waste! And the latest thing I've seen on the ground of many of these places is pruning trees back to branch stubs - it's ugly! Well, at least you immortalized these before their premature end.
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