Monday, June 6, 2016

Mother Nature Always Wins

This, my friends, is why I HATE raccoons and squirrels --

Have you ever seen such a mess??!!  There is even black dirt on the wall behind the flower pot.

I guess I'm lucky they didn't shatter my teacup bird feeder.

Sorry for the poor quality of the pictures.  This hole was about six inches deep.  My poor Million Bells plant looks pitiful now.

After two years of doing a great job, my little "forktress" was toppled.  I strongly suspect a raccoon, rather than a squirrel, because they are so much more destructive.  They tossed the forks out, probably laughing while they did.  😠😡⚡

So folks, I might have to take a page out of Bugs Bunny's book...

"Of course you know, this means war."

Thank you for visiting; I hope your day went better than mine.  ;)




  1. I feel your pain! At least if it was a squirrel he would have left you a peanut:@) I'm battling bugs/aphids right now, seems like it's always something. Stay strong!

  2. I think we need night watchmen.

  3. I think the culprit is a squirrel Denise as I've had one of my planters destroyed twice. Each annual was dug out and the soil spread across the ground. The rest of my planters have flat rocks around the plants which deters them but I ran out and this one had nice soft soil to bury seeds and peanuts in.
    My war is on with the chipmunks - so far I've trapped 6 out of the yard and one was found drowned in a rain barrel. They've been digging holes and exposing plant roots. :-(

  4. I know it, Denise, and I feel your pain. Something was eating some of my plants that were on my fence and the garden center said that it was rabbits. I told them that my plants were to high for bunnies to reach. My conclusion was squirrels. They're so destructive! I hope you win the battle!

  5. Awww, I do know the feeling. So sorry this has happened. It gets frustrating time and time again. I recently had squirrels eat the petunias I just planted. last fall, they ate the stuffing in some chair pads. Have a great week.

  6. Varmints are quite a nuisance. Hope you find a way to discourage these unwelcome visitors!

  7. Ohhhh what a mess!!! And for what? It isn't like there were seeds, hidden way down in the planter! WHAT was it looking for????

    How about red pepper flakes or red pepper powder???? Sprinkled liberally around the flowers, in containers, or anywhere. It would seem, that any nasty animal, getting a nose full of red pepper, would "Move On"...

    -sigh- So sorry.


  8. What a shame! Your pots were so pretty. I'd be heart sick. I am surprised that with the hens we don't have raccoons. I do see ones on the road that didn't survive their crossing. I don't know how you discourage them.

  9. I know how you are feeling. I've been in a battle with these creatures for several years. I've tried many things to keep the destructive squirrels and chipmunks out of my beautiful potted gardens. I've tried expensive sprays, human hair, rocks (which work well, just not plentiful where I currently live and I don't want to buy). The sprays and human hair (which is gross) seem to work for about a week or until it rains, then I'm right back to where I started. Someone told me that Irish Spring would work, so I tried it. I shave the bar of soap and sprinkle it between the plants when they are freshly planted and still young. One bar goes a long way. Once the plants are established you will not have to reapply. I've been doing this for the last two years with great success. Give it a try and I hope it works as well for you as it has for me. Good luck and happy planting.



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