06 November, 2008

Rocket J. Munchington...

... is my nemesis! That's what I have named the flower eating machine monster squirrel who has decided that our patio is his own personal salad bar. He completely denuded our potted Hibiscus tree of any flowers or foliage this summer. I didn't realize that he had a penchant for Pansies until a few days ago. He turned some of my lovely pots from full and lush to uprooted, sparse and barren. OK. This is war. I've repotted the flowers and sprayed everything in sight with Liquid Fence, a foul smelling (yet effective!) deer and rabbit repellent. So far it's working... it's kept Rocket J. at bay. For that matter, we won't be using the patio either, not for a while. The repellent odor is just too strong and putrid pungent to sit out there comfortably. So, in the meantime, I can be content to enjoy the flowers by looking outside through the window... yeah, that oughta teach him!

Life in the country is Good!...and sometimes challenging...

I'll be gone until Sunday, retreating with my fellow quilting soul sisters
at Black Mountain. Y'all be good, while I'm gone, y'hear?

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20 comments:

Ancestor Collector said...

Pesky little creature!

Have fun at your quilting retreat!

Hugs.

Teresa said...

Doggone sorry pansy snatcher...I just love pansys and their velvety look and feel. Black Mountain must be beautiful this time of year. Both my daughters have spent summers at Ridgecrest and I have had the fun of visiting there and just love the quilt shop in Black Mountain. Is there some kind of retreat center you stay at when you go there? My club talks about going to the mountains for a retreat and I would be interested in knowing where y'all stay.

Karen Dianne Lee said...

Oh those dern squirrels!

Nane said...

What does the J stand for?

Salem Stitcher said...

It seems all the Mutchingtons are extra busy these days. We have little holes all over the yard from Rocket J's city dwelling cousins. Maybe they know something about the coming winter we do not.

KarenF said...

You may borrow Max at any time...he is most effective at repelling squirrels! :-)

Carrie P. said...

I was watching "In the Garden" on pbs and the guy on the show was having the same problem with squirrels. He suggested something called Permatil. It is a mulch of sorts and looked like little blue pebbles. He said the squirrels did not like it on their paws or nose. I have never heard of it but it might be worth it so that you can enjoy your patio.

Libby said...

Good luck . . . I battled one of Rocket's cousins all summer long *s*

MARCIE said...

I am at war with squirrels again also. I actually caught one in a live trap yesterday and took him to the state park. Now if I can just catch his buddy and relocate him as well I can relax for a bit until the reinforcements arrive.

G'G'ma said...

The pesky squirrels do the same thing here in MI!!! They just dig the plants out of the soil and let them lay. Yesterday we caught a vole and a chipmunk in traps in the garage. The squirrels chew at the sealing rubber at the bottom of the garage door.

leigh anna said...

such a cute name! :)

mamaspark said...

But he is so gosh darned cute! Just an FYI they like sunflower petals too. go ahead and ask me how I know that.

Margaret said...

It's Possums that we have trouble with over here. When I was in Boston I saw then in the gardens and thought they were just beautiful.

Kimonos and Sushi said...

What a pesky little creature. I have a family of possums that lkove to tease our dog. I can sympathise with you on the pesky animals......Enjoy the break on your retreat quilting. Andrea:)

Rhonda said...

Darn those CUTE pesky creature!

Vicki said...

I just had a squirrel in my house this weekend. They are going crazy prepping for the snow that came today. I hope he ran outside, I don't like them inside....

julieQ said...

We had a little buddy doing that very trick at our house! Your pansies are so pretty, they inspire me to get out and get some planted. The leaves will cover right now, though!

Quiltin' LibraryLady said...

Try a .22, very effective. Or maybe a pellet gun if you live in town with close neighbors. Squirrels are pretty tasty, too.

Feeling Simply Quilty said...

you have bothersome squirrels, we have bothersome raccoons. I used to enjoy watching the birds at the feeder on my deck, but, the coons broke the feeders then left little presents for us every where. It wasn't worth the mess, so we see birds outside, just not so close on the decks.

Tanya said...

Wish I had squirrels. Of course I don't do much in the way of flowers so they probably wouldn't like my house anyway. It seems lonely to me to have this big forest behind me and nary a squirrel. Crows, snakes and frogs. I'd rather have a squirrel.