|Lily bloom gone!|
The first instance was the white lily blooms – yes, that white lily that pleasantly surprised us last season. One morning we found the stem broken over in the middle and all of the 6 blooms gone. Strewn across our sitting bench, were bits and pieces of those perfect blooms. What a cruel thing to do!
A few days (nights) later, the pink lily was broken over at ground level and once again the buds were gone. Soon to follow was a liatris and just this morning 3 stems of the purple coneflower broken over with, once again, the blooms gone.
A geranium from one of my pots and the eggplant seedling from another pot have also disappeared. The geranium disappeared in stages. First went the blooms and then, bit by bit, the whole plant. The eggplant did not go without a fight. It was dug out by the midnight marauder and replanted by me several times until one morning the plant had completely disappeared.
It could be the new batch of squirrels (young squirrels are so inquisitive), or it could be the chipmunk family. I’m guessing the dirty deeds were not done the skunk family nor the raccoon family – most of the missing or injured plants are in raised beds or pots at least 2 feet above ground. And neither of those critters are bloomivores.
I’m putting my money on the chipmunks because I know for a fact that it was chipmunks that ate the roots of my Bloodroot under the cover of snow last winter. On the basis of that deduction, I am declaring outright war on chipmunks. They are now persona non grata in my garden. The problem is how to communicate the message.