Seriously? I think it's bigfoot. Or a lunatic neighbor.
A few weeks ago hubby gave me this purty little viney plant with big pink flowers all over it (yes that's as technical of a plant name that you'll ever get out of me). It stayed in the house for a bit and then I put it outside on the porch railing to get acclimated so I could decide where to plant/kill it. Yup, I have a brown thumb and plants die when I look at them but I do still try.
One day i noticed all of the flowers and tendrils that it was sending out to climb with were GONE. Looked like they had been cut off with scissors. Asked hubby if he had "attacked" he plant and he said no.. suggested maybe a bird did it.
Next it was the flowers off a plant in a tall (16") pot next to the porch. 3 flowers eaten overnight, leaves not touched. Hubby suggests our free range chickens. I don't think so.
Now I repot the purple flower plant and I buy some kind of light blue flowers and a (OMG I KNOW THE NAME OF THIS ONE) peach colored Hybiscus. Plant them in matching pot across the sidewalk..
Last night the attacker returned. Ate TWO perfect peach Hybiscus flowers and The ENTIRE purple flower plant. WTF?
So here's my suspects:
Rabbits: we have plenty but there's no way they got up on my porch railing and ate those ones. Plus, everything really looks like it's cut off.. I've had pet rabbits and they usually would leave a mess or some teeth marks.
Possum: do they even eat flowers? He probably could get up on the railing...
Skunk: what do they eat?
Birds: don't think so, most damage appears to occur overnight
Bigfoot: don't think he could get past dog
Neighbors: highly doubt it. dog would notice and the house sits 400 feet off the road. plus, motive?
Any other suggestions? I'm in TX so I suppose it could be something off the wall like a Chupacabra We do actually have an Ocelot living on our property.
I am either going to get a game camera and set it up or I have a live trap... I could get some nice flowers and bait it....
< And no, I don't believe in bigfoot but some of my neighbors do so I had to put him on my suspect list >
Sorry - we live up here in BC and don't have anything as intersting as you guys. But there was the time my Dad answered the door in England and a child was standing there selling flowers - so my Dad bought them for my Mum. Whe she got home she saw that the flowers in her front garden were gone....that's my Dad, saw the best in everyone. She was a Gypsy child.
oh.my.goodness. I was contemplating posting the same thing!!!! We planted 4 small weeping willows (like 2 foot tall skinny branches) and a bunch of teeny norway spruces in the spring. The next morning all 4 weeping willows were dug up and flopped over on the ground and one of the spruces. I wrote it off as a wandering dog having fun in the loose dirt.
Now, last week I started planting some flowers. This is our first spring here so I've never planted any flowers here. I plant 4 coneflowers, a butterfly bush, and 2 ornamental grasses... the nest morning all 4 coneflowers were dug up and laying on the ground, some with mildly chewed leaves, but mostly untouched. The grasses were also dug up and there was a hole next to the butterfly bush. We replanted them and wouldn't you know... next day 5 of them were dug up again. I replanted them one more time and put rocks around the base and they've been fine since. I have never once seen a bunny here, but have seen a raccoon hanging around along with a few stray cats. My best guess is that it's the raccoon or possibly the cats digging in the loose dirt (litter box??? ). Who knows... If you figure it out, let me know!
(Dons Deerstalker cap and lights Calabash pipe) Sprinkle some flour (or sand) on the porch and check for foot/hoof prints in the AM.
That is brilliant!!
Originally Posted by Ponyclubrocks
That was my thought too, but they probably aren't eating the flowers - no doubt they could have been the crittes that "cut" the stems though.
Deer and rabbit are the first choices, but groundhogs can do nasty things to pretty plants too. We had one that decided living under the back deck was a cool idea I didn't know it until I came home one day and did my daily inspection of things, and found ALL my lettuce, kale, and spinach was eaten to nubs, AND all the flowering heads (still unopened) of all my daisy and daisy-type flowers were GONE. The next day I see something moving on the deck and go innocently to look, and it's a flippin' groundhog!
So, we let the dogs out there, and while they couldn't get under the deck to get him (not our intent anyway), they did a good job of convincing him, over a few days, that was not at all a good place to live.
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They go more for bulbs, so probably not in your case, but almost everything is their fault at our house!
ETA - I think deer dislike marigolds as well. You can discourage them a bit by interspersing deer repellent plants with your desireable plants. I would guess deer as well, I don't think rabbits could eat your climbing flowers so neatly
Maybe you have my feng shui plant rearranging neighbor landlord stalking you. She's a landlord that owns half the city where we live and apparently is very hands on, i.e., has been known to send memos telling her tenants to polish their doorknobs. Mind you, she doesn't own MY house.
The Krazy has been through my yard about 3 times now rearranging my potted plants to suit her "feng shui." Last time she murdered a small stick of a plant I was trying to save and made a mess.
This past time, she didn't realize my housemate was home during the day and walked out and caught her red-handed moving plants around. She asked her to leave. Apparently the Krazy started sputtering about how our yard, doesn't, uh, accomodate her particular vision of feng shui.
Perhaps she's your visitor. Apparently she is quite stealthy.