I know in the past we have had several criminal incidents at the Red House Garden. First we had a problem with the berries that were allegedly stolen by the American Robin gang and then the ongoing problem with nectar robbery, but we have never had criminal activity comparable to what is going on now. Yes, everyone, we have a serial killer on the loose!
|Victim #1 is a vine around 25 months old, often wearing small purple and white bells.|
Identified as Clematis Pitcheri
|Another victim identified as Rosa Souvenir De La Malmaison|
|This victim is still in intensive care. Authorities are still working to determine his identity, though appearances suggest he is from the Carex family.|
|Another homicide victim: Rosa Pat Austin|
|Vole, alias Field Mouse - wanted for questioning in connection with several killings at Red House Garden|
We shall now take questions from the press:
How can you be sure that this killer is not from the Mole family instead of a Vole? Good question, since Moles also leave similar holes in the ground. There is a Mole family in the area, but the killer does not come from there - Moles do not eat plant roots. They eat worms, grubs, and nuts.
A mole has two types of tunnels: shallow raised tunnels and deep tunnels, which often have a little mound of dirt near the entrance of them. Neither raised tunnels nor mounds of dirt were found near the victims.
|A raised tunnel right under the surface of the earth is from a Mole|
|Crime Scene - this plant has fallen over due to complete annihilation of its roots|
Authorities here at the Red Houose tend to be tenderhearted, so we do prefer the non-lethal means. There are non-lethal traps, such as the Havahart ones, so that you can trap the Voles and release them far, far away. You can also repel Voles with sprays or granules that contain Castor oil or Capsaicin, making the vegetation unpleasant tasting, and surround roots of plants with sharp gravel that Voles will not like to dig in.
|Castor oil spray has worked well so far for the Red House Garden, though it needs to be reapplied after a lot of rain.|
|Voles like mulched areas and areas under bird feeders. |
We're in trouble.
Is there anyone who doesn't have to worry? Are there any plants that the Vole will not target? Daffodils are not in any danger, as they are poisonous and repelling to Voles. Other plants that are not as likely to be victim to Voles are Goldenrod, Grape Hyacinth, Hellebores, Elephant Ears, Salvia, Siberian Irises, Mints, and plants in the Onion family.
Though you never know with a killer such as this Vole. This could spell big trouble. We shall keep the public posted on any further developments.
|Remembering the victims...|