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« on: July 01, 2006, 07:54:24 AM »
*I really need a hair pulling smiley right now*

I'm in a pickle right now.  The critters are having at my flowers right now.   I don't know if its the ubiquitus squirrels, or the grey rabbit that lives in the neighbours back yard, but I am starting to loose my patience with these cute little innocent furballs of destructions.

Firstly, I have for the last couple of years had to but a fence around my garden, to keep the squirrels from nesting in the squares and the rabbit from nibbling on my greens.  Ok.  I can live with that.  We can co-exists.

But the, my sunflowers.  I have a pot with some beautifully growing (from local seed) sunflowers.  I came home a couple of days ago, and found two of the three of them gnawed off about one inch from the dirt, and lying in an agonizing death pose across the patio.  I almost wept.  I frowned and muttered and shook my fists at the critters.  The critters had made themselves notably invisible.

Then, just yesterday, my lillies.  My sweet, dear, sent from my father-in-law the lilly breeder that has named a variety of lilly after me, lilies.  They were just planted this spring, and are all dwarf ones (because of where I put them, I 'm working at clearing space for the taller ones this summer).  They are just about to bloom.  Two of them are already opened, and there were two more just about to go.  You could see that they were going to be a brilliant orange once they did.  I came home yesterday to see that they, too, had been gnawed off just above the dirt, and were lying there.  

AAAAARRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!  That time, I did cry.

So, long, painfull story later, how do I keep the critters from severing my flowers?  My neighbours seem to have managed, and many have absolutely georgous full front yard gardens (a couple are in the 'gardens of westboro tour).  I was slowly trying to build mine, but the centerpiece, the lilles, are being felled.  I could put up another fence, but expecially with them being dwarf lilles, that would sort of defeat the purpose.  

And I don't want to hurt the critters.  I just want save my flowers.  :(

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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2006, 08:23:12 AM »
the sunflower raiders are almost definitely squirrels. According to a thread I found the also like to dehead lilies before they open.

One person on the thread suggested a cloche another suggested cayenne pepper. maybe a combo?

as a fellow gardener you have my sympathies.  :hug
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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2006, 09:25:33 AM »
Thanks Debra.  I'll try the cayenne.  If that doesn't work, I'll look into the cloches.

Maybe I'm not clear about what they are, but I keep thinking they'll cover the flowers.  And, I'm trying to avoid looking through a Lee Valley catalogue because we're trying to save money. :)

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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2006, 09:36:21 AM »
Ooh! Lee Valley! Garden porn!  :D

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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2006, 10:09:55 AM »
You can make cloches out of pop bottles, water bottles this part of a hurricane lamp you can find them at dollars stores sometimes.
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« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2006, 11:59:04 AM »
:annoyed  Well, it's all for naught, now.  I went outside with my bottle of cayenne, and discovered that sometime between last evening and this morning, the buds of all of my remaining lillies had been removed.  :cry:

So I tried not to cry, Mr. Sun took me on a walk to the beach, we sat in the grass and just chatted, and then returned home to do some yardwork.  I mowed the lawn and tried my hardest to not look at my poor decapitated lillies.  

I might need to indulge in some Lee Valley garden porn just to get myself excited about all the other yard work/landscaping I have planned.  

And don't tell my fil what happened.

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« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2006, 12:04:32 PM »
awww damn. I feel for you.  :(
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« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2006, 12:37:59 PM »
Corby and I had words about the hyacinths.  she plucked the flowerets off.  She also nipped some of the Poet's Daffodil flowers, took them in her beak, one at a time, over to Juanita.  brought back some pink "beauty bush" flowers from over there.  She shortened the columbine significantly but then the pansies burst into bloom and she couldnt' get ahead of them, nor could she do too much to the clematis.  There are so many flowers now that she seems to have given up but if she starts on my lilies she's going in the dog travel cage until the blooms have done their thing safely.  

It's kind'a nice, though, to see a one-eyed one-legged crow flying around with a flower in her beak.  And she doesn't just nip'em off and drop them to the ground, she'll show up with brume flowers, put them down, eat her cat kibble, then reclaim her flowers.

I have several times wished I could get along with people as well as I can get along with critters.  Even so, I draw the line at my lilies.

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« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2007, 05:35:45 PM »
how about a mixture of carrots and vodka ?  just mash up the carrots.  i think cheap vodka would work just as well as expensive vodka, it's not like the bunny is going to say, "hey, this isn't stoli", or, "i'm in a Glenfiddich mood".
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« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2007, 05:40:37 PM »
:lol:

Gosh. I have no memory of this thread at all. That is distressing to my tiny mind.

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« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2007, 10:05:04 PM »
I googled 'keeping the dogs out' and got this:

Bitter apple juice or vinegar works wonders to keep dogs out. Use a spray bottle and spray it around the perimeter of your yard or garden.

If you have problems with animals digging, spread some red chili powder around the area and this should keep most animals from digging. You might end up with a few chile plants as well.

Orange or lemon peels will keep cats out your garden, they hate the citric smell.

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« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2007, 08:12:04 AM »
Ohhh, I'd forgotten all about this, too.  I guess it's never too early to plan the defences.  The lily bulbs are still there, waiting to shine.

About the vinegar, Boom Boom, won't it kill the grass?  I use a vinegar/salt solution to take out the grass and weeds that creep up between the patio stones.  And it will take down anything that was once even thinking of being green.  Maybe it's more the salt, or the combination.

Although, I could just till a little apron around the flower bed, or put in some sort of fomal border (it just sort of morphs into the front lawn now), and vinegar that part.

Now I'm starting to get excited about gardening this summer.  I'll maybe have a bit more time to putter, seeing as I'll be on mat leave, and it will be good for the peanut and I to get some fresh air.  I have huge (HUGE) plans for the front yard that will never be realized. :)  They involve some terracing, removing a large unsightly tree, building a patio, resurfacing and extending the front steps, and tons and tons of plants.  More than I would need becuase I'm plant clueless, and usually approach things by randomly buying things at the nursery, planting them, and seeing if they take.  And then seeing if they come back the next year, and how much more I need to get at the nursery the next spring.

Although, I think we've decided to give up on the fenced-in garden boxes in the back yard.  With our veggie basket, it was too much veggies (and mine didn't taste as good.  :? ), and quickly got out of control.  I'm thinking I'll turn them into wildflower boxes this summer.  In a couple of years, one will be converted to a sand box, but I still have time to play in them before I hand them over.

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« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2007, 08:21:01 AM »
I'm positive vinegar will kill the grass, so I'll use it around the perimeter of my property, and along the edge of the gardens (I have three). But I really want to keep the dogs out this year, so if I have to sacrifice a thin strip of grass, well, so be it. :(

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« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2007, 02:08:55 PM »
Well, if you want to strike a double-whammy, put a generous amount of hot chili flakes in some apple cider vinegar, let it simmer covered to ensure that you're not exposed to the fumes which will surely make your eyes throb with the pain.  Let it cool, then strain it carefully and pour it into a spray bottle.  You'll have to re-apply this solution to the area every time it rains, of course.

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« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2007, 03:05:01 PM »
Quote from: deBeauxOs
 You'll have to re-apply this solution to the area every time it rains, of course.


Ack! I forgot about rain. :oops:

 

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