|My portulaca eating Backyard Buddy, The Rabbit|
Note: this is the actual rabbit, I just took this picture
This is my backyard buddy. Not really, a little sarcasm from your friendly blogger here early in the morning folks.
I just took this picture about a half an hour ago, early this morning. Mr. Bunny Rabbit is out for his morning meal in our backyard. His "morning meal" (and afternoon meal and evening meal) apparently consists of the flowers of my portulaca plants.
|Portulaca, i.e. "Rabbit Salad"|
This rabbit and I have been battling all summer. He's (or she) is a persistent bugger. I'll be walking around the backyard, refilling the birdbaths and sometimes I almost trip over him (her). We give each other a LOOK, just daring me to do something about it, and then he (she) takes off, usually to the cornfield that borders on our backyard rabbit salad bar.
|The Rabbit Equalizer|
Bill wants to kill it. I'm a little squeamish about taking such a drastic measure, although I wouldn't be TOO upset if a roaming fox decided to come by and have rabbit for dinner. What I don't see doesn't bother me plus, to me, that's nature taking its course.
We put out one of those Have-a-Heart traps (bought specially for our little buddy) but he (she) hasn't taken the invitation....yet. Even with a slathering of peanut butter on a carrot, no trapped rabbit.
When we lived in Pennsylvania on our 6.875 wooded acres, an occasional rabbit would appear for a week or two and then disappear, no doubt having kept his (her) appointment as dinner for the many foxes we had surrounding our wooded oasis in PA.
I've taken a water gun out to this bugger, and he (she) does take off when I pull the gun out. But this bunny is a sly one because he (she) just keeps coming back when I'm inside the house posting a blog, feeding my face or taking a nap, not necessarily in that order.
So what's to be done? I've decided next year to admit the
Next year: Marigolds!
|Me this morning with the flower bed that the rabbit DOESN'T eat - marigold, snap dragons and asylum|