With great stealth, he checks out the place… A scenario that keeps repeating itself.
Deer, raccoons, rabbits, squirrels, reptiles and rodents alike; they all have their beady eyes on my hard-earned flowers!
I am not Dr. Doolittle or St. Francine of Assisi and these creatures are asking too much and getting just a little too familiar! I am an animal lover as long as they don’t overextend their welcome, scare me as I’m enjoying my cuppa in my rocking chair or invite themselves into the house and poop all over everything…
(like the car, my lounge chair, rocking chairs, my floors!)
Or eat up my rose garden, flowers AND citrus trees.
However, when they overstep those few boundaries, there is no forgiveness for the entire crop of Meyer lemons being eaten or deadheading roses BEFORE they have a chance to bloom.
None, no mercy, no
“how cute is he with his big fat rump”
right smack dab in the center of a rose bed, chewing away without a care in the world and quickly ingesting my entire English rose crop (almost…).
It’s a good thing he OR HIS TWO BROTHERS hasn’t decided to feast on my lavender or there would be hell to pay!!!
Yes, I kid you not ~ TWO BROTHERS!!!
I had three young bucks, all apparently related, in my courtyard!
Is this coincidence or do they think they are smarter than the humans that live here?
(I would have captured all three bros but they were emptying my flower beds so fast, I had to put that aside and take matters into my ever capable hands!)
Yesterday, as I was lovingly caring for said roses and noticing how I was missing buds from very high up AGAIN, about the height a deer can reach if it tries real hard,
RIGHT OUTSIDE THE FRONT DOOR, I wondered….. Is it possible?
Pushing away the thought, thinking they wouldn’t dare come so close
to the LIVING ROOM, where people live, laugh, watch TV, eat dinner??!!
No, of course not…
This also happened last year, everything but the evidence I present to you today. The same disappearing rosebuds, the same considerations and justifications (denials), the same sinking feeling of dread with the continual loss of MORE buds.
But as I looked for the usual evidence ~POOP ~ I found none thus thought I was safe from the furry, “doe-eyed” sweet faced critters.
in February …
Something came under cover of midnight and ate every single flower that bloomed, geraniums, morning glories, old hydrangea heads and rose buds just starting to swell.
I thought it was rabbits, still not thinking it could possibly be deer although rabbits don’t usually eat rosebuds until they bloom and get beautifully fragrant and heavy with petals (isn’t that sweet?)
Besides rabbits cannot reach that high.
how did they get in except when the gate was left open, which was often, but it’s so close to the “living room” …
Nope, it must be those “stupid” jack rabbits.
Now you begin to understand why I decided to get another dog, who happened to become a beagle.
My big yeti Pyrenees, Bella, the queen of the barn yard, doesn’t bark!
Not for any of the multitude of reasons she has as Queen of the Barn Yard!!
Maybe when we get those chickens next month… REALLY!
She only barks TO the delivery man because he will reward her with biscuits!
I never said she wasn’t smart!!
I needed a REAL dog!
And I got one, a petite, ferocious, REAL dog!
If you can’t do it, give up. ~Sigmund Freud
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