The Devils in our Gardens
There are many cute furry, etc., things roaming near our gardens. However, when they attack our gardens, they become devils (at least in my little world).
In my woods behind the house, I have bunnies (small but sneaky and always hungry), deer (only 4 sightings in a year), groundhogs (everywhere), and squirrels (the woods include many hickory trees). These are the potential devils.
The little guys stay close to the woods due to foxes, hawks, bald eagles, owls, etc. Even the many turkey vultures and black vultures cast shadows on the ground that scare the little ones. These are good guys.
Some bugs are good while others immediately get the name "devil", such as, devil beetles (japanese).
Here are the proven devils in my gardens:
1. Devil bunnies: At the end of Winter, the devil bunnies ate one of my dwarf nandinas to the ground. Two other dwarf nandinas had their sides sheared off by the devil bunnies. Hah, hah, devil bunnies. Dwarf nandinas grow like weeds and they are all flourishing.
2. Devil beetles: There are a handful of these devils munching on my roses now. I'm going to introduce them to Mr. Seven tomorrow morning.
3. Devil squirrels: They frolic in the hickory trees out back. That's OK. However, they have this need to come into my side and front gardens and dig. There aren't any nuts in there! No big thing but they still are messing with the gardens.
Here are my potential devils:
1. Groundhogs: I see them eating clover and they seem happy with it. I don't have a vegetable garden so they are still cute. They sure did fatten up though in the last 3 months. I saw a mama carrying a baby in her mouth a few weeks ago. I think she was taking the kid over to my neighbor's vegetable garden for on-the-job training.
2. Deer: They stay close to the woods. However, this year, I planted in the back yard. I put in abelias and pieris in an effort to convince them that my gardens had nothing to offer if they are not starving. At least, the web sites I visited say deer will pick other plants before abelia and pieris. So far, they have not messed with my gardens.
What are the devils in your gardens and what have they done?