Sunday, April 18, 2010

I'm Gonna Rip Their Ears Off!

We've never had bunny trouble.
In 25 years, absolutely no trouble.
My niece thinks they're cute. Ugh! They are rodents with tinier tails and bigger ears.
Glorified rats!

This is the first time they've ever bothered anything in the yard. They don't even bother with the veg garden - we've let the clover run rampant for their benefit (not to mention it's a bee favorite) and they've been more than content to placidly play and lazily munch on that as I watch and warn them all summer that they'll be stew if they mess with my stuff. They listen pretty well in the summer, but obviously their little pea brains have no use for remembering those threats come winter. This is what havoc they accomplished this winter-

The only thing the hubs specifically wanted, picked out and planted for himself - dwarf burning bush. There's a bit of green popping on two out of the three, so I'm hoping:



My poor pink primrose gnawed right down to nubs:


Spirea damage:


Ugh!! I hate bunnies!

Ok, some good news.
The Martagon lilies from seed are on year four (started fall of 2006). Yay! it takes anywhere between 5 and 7 years for them to bloom, so possibly only one more year to wait? I have my fingers crossed.


And I have these survivors from last year's sown seed. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't. I'm always glad when they show their cheery faces for a second year.


Happy (non-bunny) Growing!


Jim Groble said...

Rabbits are cute till they eat plants in your yard. jim

Anonymous said...

Thankfully I don't have that problem! Flighty xx

Dirty Girl Gardening said...

Bunnies get hungry, too! :)

Tina said...

Hiya, Jim,
thanks for dropping by!
Yeah, that's what I keep telling my niece, but she doesn't believe me...yet.

Hey there, Flighty,
thanks for popping in!
Lucky you! Of course, I'm sure Mr. Fox would make short work of it if you did :)

Hi there, Dirty girl,
thanks for stopping by!
Yeah, but they can fix that in someone else's yard. lol.