Monday, April 21, 2014

Bad Easter Bunny

Dear Easter Bunny,
Every year I have welcomed your presence despite the sugar comas and unnecessary calories you have added to our lives.  I usually even enjoy your coming, as my kids do love the fun and candy you bring.

But was this really necessary?

half-eaten tulip plants
You obviously decided to take a snack break right in my garden.  With my tulips.

Don't look so smug, rabbit.
I know you work hard on Easter and that my tulips probably looked like bunny candy to you, but really?  Isn't that against the holiday spirit or something?

I doubt these will bloom now..
Next year, dear Easter bunny, I think you owe me some flower bulbs for my Easter basket.  In fact, I think I would prefer that to candy anyway!  And in return, I have lots of nice, yummy weeds that you are more than welcome to nibble on along the way.  

Help yourself to all the dandelions and crabgrass you want - but stay away from my tulips!
p.s.  My kids probably still want candy.

17 comments:

  1. Yes, bad Easter bunny. Unfortunately, it looks all too familiar, and I have given up on Tulips (and various other plants that bunnies like). Unless! Unless, the Tulips or other plants are surrounded by chicken wire or some other kind of barrier. Some people swear by planting a ring of Daffodils around the Tulips, which I might try someday. Sorry about your Tulips! Been there, and it's very frustrating! I hope you had a very happy Easter, anyway, in spite of the grinchy long-eared monster! ;-)

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    1. I usually don't plant tulips due to how tasty they seem to be to all the various critters, but I thought I would try in this new garden. I have seen tulips planted in a ring of daffodils before, and it did seem to work (though in the one I saw, the daffodils were taller than the tulips, so it was very hard to see them for both critters and people.) I hope you had a happy Easter, too!

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  2. Oh, no! Bad bunny! I had a rabbit in my garden once who only nibbled on weeds in the front lawn. If I see him, I will tell him to apply for the position of Easter Bunny, as the old one is going to get fired!

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    1. I would be very appreciative to have a well behaved bunny who only eats what he is supposed to! Also, if you have any deer who only eat weeds, feel free to send them on over as well ;)

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  3. They have left my tulips alone, but they have gotten into the dill and some of the perennials. Love this post, and I agree there should be some sort of consolation.

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    1. So far the only consolation I've gotten from the Easter bunny has been some free bunny fertilizer on the lawn...

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    1. They are all out to get me. Maybe the bunnies are now in league with the squirrels...

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  5. I've started collecting old egg baskets and putting them over crocuses and other plants that the rabbits love to chew off in my spring garden. I just buy grungy ones, so the cost is usually pretty low, and they work very well. Their rustiness and sculptural shape really blends in better than might be expected.

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    1. Oh, what a great idea! That does sound very pretty.

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  6. I hope the Easter bunny reads this! And if he does, I want to add my name to the petition:) I've never noticed any damage to my tulips until this year, but between rabbits and deer, there have been some violent beheadings in my garden this spring. I guess it was a tough winter for them.

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    1. They probably were a little hard up on food, though now I have plenty of weeds in the yard for them!

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  7. You are much too polite, Indie. These creatures need to be deported!! How such cute little faces can cause so much destruction, I don't know. But you sure deserve and will get a lot of sympathy, especially from your gardening friends…..

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    1. I even stopped a cat from stalking one of the bunnies in the front yard last fall - and this is the thanks I get! Ungrateful cute little critters!

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  8. Indie, I know the situation isn't amusing but I can't stop laughing as I read this posting. You are too funny! Last year, I had a family of bunnies living under the potting shed in my kitchen garden, of all places! I spray, spray, spray with nontoxic smelly stuff -- don't know what else to do. Maybe I should try writing to the head of the family like you have. Let me know if it works. P. x

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    1. Since the Easter tulip massacre I have been spraying with that stuff, and they've left them alone since (or maybe they figured they ate the tastiest part already). You poor gardener, having a family of bunnies living smack dab right in the middle of your kitchen garden! Those bunnies sure picked an impressive spot!

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  9. Bad bunny.....my deer eat my tulips if I don't get to spray them...I grow clover for the bunny and they seem to stay away from other plants.

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