|My pansies before the rabbit's breakfast-lunch-dinner|
Having grown up in suburban London, the wildlife was limited to robins, squirrels and the very rare sighting of a fox. So I was quite charmed when we first came to live in suburban Maryland. Bunnies bounced on the lawns, chipmunks scurried in and out of their holes and if you were really lucky you might catch a trio of deer strolling majestically down our cul-de-sac.If they'd all started to sing I might have thought I was in a Disney movie.
I began to think however that we had moved to the Outback when I came home one day to find 2 drowsy black snakes sunning themselves on the window sill by our garage. Then I began to hear horror stories about a wolf on the prowl, a family of raccoons in our neighbors' attic and I kid you not, a teenage bear in my friend's back garden. How did you know it was a teenager I asked her? Was it rolling its eyes and wearing pants (trousers) that were obviously too short? (It seems you can tell by the size of it, but I don't think I would have stayed around to look.)
So, my appreciation for the local wildlife is beginning to wear thin. I already wrote about how I stopped planting bulbs in Among the weeds due to my suspicions about thievery among the underground cuddly creatures. I know the deforestation is taking away their homes and moving them closer to ours and I am genuinely sorry about that, but there was no clause in our housing contract about feeding the resident rabbits.
I thought I'd solved the problem. I bought deer/bunny resistant plants like Speedwell and Lantana. I sprayed everything not animal resistant in sight with the most foul smelling concoction called Shot-Gun Repels -All Animal Repellant. It says on the label that it "triggers the natural instinct to escape..." It has successfully warded off all humans but the 4 legged creatures are immune or just too hungry to care.
Last week Aron's physics tutor told me her biologist husband is going on a conference about deer and their furry friends. Yes the problem is so bad there are days' long conferences. When I expressed my despair at ever protecting my pansies, she shook her head and said "If these animals are hungry nothing seems to stop them. Your only option left is ....a shotgun." (I think she said this in jest and she's an ethical vegetarian!)
So now it's between me and the bunny. One grey haired agile animal with a very cute fluffy tail and one five foot blonde slightly agitated human have locked eyes and the war is on.....
Final score: Rabbit 1 (won) Gilly 0
Any suggestions for keeping rioting rabbits at bay would be greatly appreciated.
With love from a plant lover (who's not so keen on rabbits)
* The Rabbit could be male. I have no idea so I just picked a gender -no insults or compliments intended either way.
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