Nuccio's Pearl Flower Buds...

nishamhran(z8OR)March 16, 2005

... found on the ground under the plant. This is a small plant (1 foot), planted September 2004 and "loaded" with buds until yesterday. Leaves look a healthy green, with no visible sign of damage. 2 of the flower buds were half eaten.

Any ideas on what could have happened?

(I am so disappointed...was really looking forward to the blooms.)

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sounds like the "tree rats" have taken a liking to your shrub. i have seen them do this to mine on occasion, though it does not seem to be their preferred food most of the time.
deer will also browse the flowers and buds on mine.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2005 at 9:41AM
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the acorn crop last fall was very scant so that the squirels have been digging up the yard looking for anything and eating buds. We don't like to feed the things, but decided it would be better than letting them destroy other things. We got corn, still on the cob, which they don't really like, but they are eating it and leaving other things alone. We also make sure that there is water out. This keeps them from digging up bulbs.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2005 at 10:49AM
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Thanks for the responses. Squirrels are rampant in the garden so they could be the culprit. And we had deer last year but no deer damage this year so far (hopefully the deer have moved on to bigger pastures). Don't know whether wood rats are a pest here in the PNW but will find out!

    Bookmark   March 16, 2005 at 11:22AM
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