June 17, 2012
Inner Struggle...Bunnies in the Garden
Few things in the garden bring me such inner struggle as bunnies. I want to adore them and gush over their cuteness...
But if we're being honest here, their destructive tendencies drive me mad. They've always had a particular fondness for the black-eyed Susan and coneflower in the front yard. There is plenty out there so we coexist without much trouble.
In the backyard it's a different story. We've put rabbit fence along the iron fence to keep them out of the back garden. It has worked up until recently. This week the baby bunnies have learned they are able to squeeze through the tiniest of spaces. Every morning my garden walk consists of surveying the damage of the day. Yesterday was the last straw...a hyacinth bean vine that was just beginning to fill in and bloom was cut down by the stem at ground level. Argh!
After a search through the garage, the remaining vines were wrapped in some found screen to protect them but I'm not sure how effective this will be. What about you? Do you have any experience with bunnies? If so, what do you do to encourage them to move along? Any products you've used with success? I'd love to hear your thoughts.