Friday, July 29, 2016


 Damn !!!
I was looking out of my dining room window last evening
after a brief rain shower.
In my garden, one of my plants was moving.
Upon closer inspection,
I saw fur and two ears that were not those of a rabbit.
I knocked on the window and one of this guys relatives
ran off.
On our walk this morning, I saw this baby 
who was not a bit bothered by our presence.
He probably wasn't the culprit..
He was a half an hour away and much smaller.


It seems that ground hogs like Cone Flowers.
I have five or six plants that are in their third year
 and were gorgeous last year. 
Who knows what they will do this year after such an early pruning. 


I blamed the debudding of my Poppies on the rabbits..
Could have been anything !!

So far, no one seems to like Gardenias.

I ordered two of these Dwarf shrubs on line..
They are hardy but just on the edge of our planting zone.
I hope we don't have bad winters for the next couple of years.
Snow would be OK but long, deep freezes could be a problem.
Meanwhile, I will enjoy them.

Happy August
PS.. 2017 They came back more beautiful than ever.

Linking with Eileen @ Saturdays Critters


Debra She Who Seeks said...

So THAT'S what they get up to on the other 364 days a year when it's not Feb 2!

eileeninmd said...

Hi Missy! We had to put fencing around our Purple Coneflowers. The groundhogs loved to eat them. The deer are eating the dayliles and the Black-eyed susans are disappearing now too. The critters around here are well fed too. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

Diane said...

That is very aggravating. Maybe there is something safe you can put around to discourage "varmints." I've never been too successful in that department. That's life in the big city as my mother used to say. FINALLY have a cooler day here today (and tons of rain).

Saimi said...

You and your critters, they sure love where they live! Lots of yummy plants and flowers not to mention the bird feeder - man they have it made! It's no wonder they hang out where they do!!

Mildred said...

So sad about your coneflowers! We had one of these to eat our newly planted dogwood tree! Your gardenia is so beautiful. Have a very nice weekend.

Lynne said...

Ground hogs . . . Hmm . . . if you can see them above ground, get a live trap, then when they get in the trap, carry them off to some field far from your house where they can run and play . . . We have transported 56 chippies to a new playground!
Oh my . . . those gardenias are beautiful! And . . . OH MY, THE FRAGRANCE!

Lynne said...

By the way . . . we have 156+ chippies still frolicking in our "bird feeder feeding area!"

Stewart M said...

A face like that has to be worth a few flowers dont you think!!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

eileeninmd said...

Hello Missy, those groundhogs are pesky critters. I hope they do not eat all your plants. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week ahead!

Kelly said...

You are correct regarding your gardenias. I live in the south but one year we had a bad winter and it killed many branches on our bushes. They still haven't recovered fully! I love how they smell in the summer though!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I am pretty sure it was the groundhogs eating your coneflowers. They did a number on our flowers one years. I am glad your gardenias are safe.

Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Breathtaking said...

Hello Missy!:) A ground hog would be fun to see in the garden, not good for plants though, but I would take lots of photos, and then entice it into our catch and release trap. Your gardenia is lovely. I hope it does well.:)

Robert Nicolaescu said...

Beautiful post.