I ain't believing this...
I have a lot of potted daylilies, many of them (bought last year or this year) in 1-1.5 gallon pots.
Last year, we had a lot of trouble with racoons raiding our yard. They dug up a new lawn that we had installed in our side yard and pretty much totally trashed it. We hired an exterminator, who told us that the raccoon population was at a cyclic peak and people were having problems all over the area. We spent a couple of months trapping, and got at least 9 raccoons (plus a couple of skunks).
Things seemed to have calmed down. Or so I told myself. (There were occasionally signs of something stomping through my raised beds in that side yard, but I thought maybe it was a possum. (No plants were dug, no dirt was dug, no damage was done.))
Yesterday, I went out to the "Back 40" and discovered that something had dug up and scattered the mulch we had laid under and around a newly placed bench. (There was weed barrier fabric under the mulch, and that was all torn up too.) Raccoons?
But THIS MORNING -!!!
I went out to the side yard (the only deer protected area on our property) to deadhead and hybridize the daylilies there. I was stunned to see that TWO of these potted daylilies had been dragged off to the strip of lawn (adjacent to a property line hedge) where we were trapping the raccoons last winter. One pot had been completely dug out and the plant ('Victorian Lace') carried off (and possibly eaten??). The second pot was partly dug out and then left abandoned (the daylily still intact) - as though something (the sprinklers coming on?) had scared the perp off.
I ain't believing this. Since when do raccoons like daylilies? (I can't think of any other critter this could be - and no, this is not kid or teen pranks.) Has something like this happened to anyone else? And does anyone have any recommendations (apart from calling the exterminator again, who I expect out today anyway to check on the gopher traps)?
The deer are bad enough. The gophers are bad enough. The rabbits are bad enough. The raccoons tearing up our lawn was bad enough.
But THIS-! This is intolerable.
I don't want to lose any more potted daylilies. (And no, planting them out is not (at this time) an option.)