COW-SLIPS - THE SEQUEL!
Well, off I went with my camera this morning to check out the damage from the unwelcome visitors yesterday – accompanied, of course, by my faithful hound. He was very interested in the strange smells everywhere.
The first evidence was obvious.
There are hoof-prints and skid-marks just EVERYWHERE – all over every grassed area, in every flowerbed and border. They appear to have really made themselves at home!
They walked into one bed and knocked off pieces of Gaura and Osteospermum, as well as squashing my spreading succulent, tearing off quite a bit.
Up behind the top border, one of them must have thought that my Festuca glauca in the trough with the Cyclamen had been put there as a tasty moutful just for him. There’s not much left of it. He pulled it out and munched it.
And of course, as expected, they left ‘presents’ behind, just as a reminder that they had visited us.
So what next? I met our neighbour again today, who told me that this awful man’s bull had been loose and had been in at least two fields of cows, and they will all have to have injections at a huge cost!
When Henry and I went for our walk, it was interesting to see that everyone in our area of the village had firmly shut gates! News travels fast in a small community. We are going to speak to the Parish Clerk and get advice as to how to proceed. I am not sure what action will be taken.
As to the garden, it was very fortunate that they came in the autumn when I had put the garden to bed, so that precious plants are safely tucked up. The grass will, I hope, recover over the winter and spring with some compost brushed in. The hoof-marks in the beds will soon disappear when it rains again.
I shall have to buy a new Festuca and replace the Gaura in the spring. The succulent will have to be tidied and cut back, but it does spread, so it should be all right
NOT an event I’d like to see repeated next June, though!
- 12 Nov, 2008
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