Do squirrels eat sedum???
I transplanted a small October Daphne, Sedum sieboldii, and it was coming up absolutely beautifullyand all of a sudden thereÂs nothing there but nubbins! On the other end of the main perennial bed I had a new sedum I put in last summer thatÂs also eaten most of the way down. IÂve had squirrels eat hen & chicks before, so it seems pretty believable that theyÂd eat sedum, but, I also have a pink babyÂs breath which has a fairly wide and large leaf for a Gypsophila, and itÂs been half eaten too. Would a squirrel eat something with a "normal" leaf? Alright! ThatÂs probably a kinda dumb question! A better one might be, is there ANYTHING squirrels DONÂT eat! This is just really weird! The only thing IÂve ever had eaten in the past were the tops on a few of the hen & chicks, and with the warm winter weÂve had this year, it seems like there would be plenty "real" food for them to eat. AndÂas near as I can tell, I only have one squirrel! Most of the neighbors have dogs, so IÂve been enjoying a relative LACK of squirrels at this house. And the one I do see around does come down into the perennial bed to dig and bury things, but IÂve never seen it actually eating anythingÂthat I have growing! And IÂve never had a problem with him/her/it eating anything in the veggie garden! But then, if I SEE the squirrel, it doesnÂt have much time to do or eat anythingÂsince I go running out into the yard with my mini-rake, ranting and raving and swatting and batting at it!!! I think squirrels are cute! But I think my plants are even cuter!!!
So what have you all had squirrels eat in your gardens? Should I assume itÂs the squirrel that making my plants disappear rather than some supernatural force???
Maybe I should just be happy I donÂt have deerÂor bearsÂor rabbitsÂor pocket gophersÂor..........