I am...was...so very proud of my dwarf sunflowers this year.
I grew them from seed, and they ALL came up! All 40 of them! :D
Happy little sunflower faces...sigh....
Now there are none. :(
I found 'evidence' along the top of the wooden fence that surrounds
the yard, leading me to believe it was a nasty SQRL! We have rabbits
too but they can't climb the fence.
There are a few sunflower plants that don't yet have flowers. Any
ideas on keeping the evil beasts from eating the next ones to come up?
Squirrels will eat right through those mesh bags; they know how to
destroy just about anything. I found old nylon stocking stretched
over the sunflowers will deter the birds but as far as squirrels I use
a Havahart trap regularly and make regular "deposits" on the other
side of town.
Evidence? What evidence do squirrels leave on a fence; paw prints,
DNA? I seriously doubt squirrels got your sunflowers, not if the
entire flower head is gone. And btw, because of their configuration
and how they grow sunflower seeds are essentially bird and squirrel
proof. I've watched squirrels and blue jays have conniptions trying
to find a way to get to my sunflowers, can't be done. I'd suggest
thinking about raccoons, they can easily scale most any fence and
they'd have no problem ripping off the entire flower heads and
carrying them off.
I don't believe yoose... unless what yoose call sunflowers ain't. No
bird on the planet can scavange a real sunflower while it's still on
the plant... just not a possibility. The sunflower head grows upside
down, and has a natural barrior all around the circumference that no
bird or squirrel can penetrate. I've been growing sunflowers for nigh
on 50 years, no bird or squirrel has ever gotten to my sunflower seeds
until I whack off the flower and allow them access.
I don't know what kind of wussy pansies yoose grow but these are
Whatever you say, Sheldon. My 7 foot tall sunflowers, grown from a packet of
seeds labeled "sunflowers", are not really sunflowers. And, the birds which
look look just like all other cardinals are actually cockatiels.
Most of us are happy when diaper-changing days are over, and prefer not to
be cleaning up crap for other creatures. It's nice to be able to wander out
in the yard at night, without having to watch where you're stepping.
On Sat, 21 Jul 2007 12:47:51 GMT, "JoeSpareBedroom"
I was going to go ballistic about this post, but when you stated that
you only use non-toxic paint, I was greatly relieved. There is never an
excuse for using toxic materials. I have a thing about all things
Not only are you a loveable old curmudgeon, you are kind-hearted,
despite your rough exterior.
On Fri, 20 Jul 2007 03:00:03 GMT, "JoeSpareBedroom"
The birds empty/eat all of my sunflower heads before the end
of September. The finches (House and Gold), Nuthatch,
Woodpeckers can all eat from upside down just fine. I wonder
where Sheldon lives that he doesn't have any of these birds
Some old picts of my sunflowers can be found here:
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