Diminishing returns …
I started out in mid-2010 with 40 pansies – 5 troughs – and they were doing okay, but this year they’ve been under siege.
I’ve lost so many that last weekend I consolidated them into 2 troughs, getting 10 in each with a couple left over. There was a layer of bark on top, which I’ve deepened.
And I’m still losing them. I was woken this morning by a clatter from outside; I quickly dressed and went out to find that one of the pots with a solo pansy was on the floor, contents spilled – again. And there’s a gap in one of the troughs where there should have been a plant.
And now my new petunias have started to go the same way. I crammed those in at 15 per trough, in the hope that, if there was less soil showing, there’d be less room for excavation. One of those in a corner was uprooted and looking sorry for itself; I stuck it back in and spread the bark again.
But so far I’ve lost 50% of the pansies, and the petunias are now under similar threat.
It looks as if I’m not going to be allowed to grow any flowers at all – one of the large tubs with a grass in has been slightly dug a few times, but either the plant itself is big enough to survive or the raiders just don’t fancy grass.
Perhaps I could mix the flowers with spiky plants, or barbed wire – I did think of getting some netting spread over the whole “plantation”; it’d not add to the æsthetic appeal, and it might not be any use anyway, but – it might make it hard enough for whatever’s doing it to decide that it’s too much like hard work.
I never took this into account when dreaming of my garden, or indeed when planning it once I’d got one; I thought I’d lose plants through lack of experience, not enemy action.
update 110716 – all gone now, sigh. But thepetunias seem to be holding up at the moment
starting … 110419
going … 110521 – consolidated remains into two troughs, with a couple left over
gone … 110601
- 26 May, 2011
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