Critters Enjoy Garden as Much as Our Guests

Posted by on Jun 13, 2009 in At The Inn | Comments Off

Brandy and the Gracehill Rose Garden

Brandy and the Gracehill Rose Garden

Have been busy these last ten days  doing catch up on lots of small jobs, mostly in the office, but outside also.  On Thursday Brandy, Hans, and I got in 3.5 hours each, outside, before the heavens opened back up with one heck of a storm.  For as small as the rose garden is (80 bushes?) I don’t know where the time went between dead heading, spraying, & tying a few of them up.

Hans has continued to put in some time on Friday and today.  For some reason, this year has been a constant battle against the forces of nature in the form of small critters.  We always have the occasional bear, boar, turkey, and deer, but have never really had many squirrels and such.  This year the rabbits, squirrels, and chipmunks  have made a tossed salad out of everything we’ve planted. The birds tore up the moss garden for nest building so we put netting over what was left of the moss to anchor it down.  You don’t really see it unless it is raining and the water beads up on it.

"Double Delight" has always been one of my favorite roses.

"Double Delight" has always been one of my favorite roses.

I tried sprinkling this rabbit/deer away stuff around.  It has worked some.  It is supposed to irritate their noses so they stay away.  I could deal with the tops being eaten off the zinnias, but Mom went out one morning and all the parsley was eaten down to the ground.  I’m surprised that the shriek that came out of her mouth didn’t scare them off permanently.  We tried using a small trap to relocate them but they didn’t like Kroger brand carrots, I guess.   I’ve tried a liquid that you spray on the foliage and it killed the May Night Salvia.  So option four-  I went to Pet Smart and asked them for all their dog fur out of their vacuum.  Hans spread that around in and out of the plants and we’ll see if that works.  Anybody have any suggestions other than expediting their trip to heaven I’m open to suggestions!  mizkathleen @Gracehill