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April 23, 2012

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Paula H.

Do you have any problems with the hares eating your spring flowers?

Oh, and I am putting those blue squill on my list of must haves!

Calgary Garden Coach

Good question. Let's put it this way - I no longer plant tulips in the front yard. They also seem to like grape hyacinths, although I have quite a few so some get eaten, some get spared. My species tulips don't get touched though, and neither do the squills, as long as the squirrels don't dig up the bulbs after I plant them - blood meal helps with that. So species tulips and squills are on my list for more fall planting!
Janice

plantman

Hares (jackrabbits) apparently hate narcissus. I planted tulips mixed with them, and they won't touch them. They eat the roses and hydrangea (they like the dried flowerhead, it seems) though. And they dig up and eat the occasional crocus bulb, amazingly enough.

Calgary Garden Coach

Hmm. It seems hares in different parts of the city may have different tastes! They never touch my roses or hydrangea! I agree on the daffodils, though, they are a safe bet.
Cheers,
Janice

Bradford Allen

My main problem in my garden was squirrels. But that was before, as I know now how to protect the plants from these furry creatures. Squirrels mostly travel through tree canopy, so I always make it a habit to trim the trees above roofs and fence streaks.

Calgary Garden Coach

Thanks for the info, Bradford. I guess that is a solution if your trees are small and/or far enough away from buildings and fences. But there's only so much trimming you can do before you hurt a tree and for my big trees, this wouldn't be feasible!
Cheers,
Janice

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