|Takes no detective to see that squirrels did the eating here.|
They tend to chew up the whole flower
This year I don't hate him for cutting them down. Last year a squirrel nipped the blossoms off nearly all the sunflowers, some before they were even encircled in their sacred halo of golden petals. To save seeds from a single, slender, pale yellow beauty took extreme vigilance on my part.
|Blossom carried to the top of the woodshed |
before being demolished
So I retaliated early this spring. All the saved seeds were tucked into rich potting soil, nurtured, loved. As spring made her debut, three dozen seedlings were ready to take on the yard. And all summer they've been glowing with exuberance and joy, along the street side, next to the neighbors, in the back garden. There was no indication that the squirrels even saw the flowers--until three days ago. A side branch on a hefty stalk was pulled off, its flowers all chewed and torn.
|Sorry, but you were just too slow to catch the|
chickadee feeding on this abundant head of seeds.
|Empty faces scrubbed clean|
by the quick stabs of