Thursday, August 20, 2009

O! Silly Me


Let's recap, shall we?

I nurtured my little heirloom darlings from seed, tending to them even in the wee hours of the winter morn:


Risked life and limb to shelter them from spring hailstorms:


Weeded and mulched them in their tidy spring bed so that they would grow big and strong:


Only to have it come to this:


Oh squirrels, why do you hate me so?

But wait. There's something odd about this picture...let me pull out those dead and dying tomatoes and peppers so I can get a better look at what's going on:


Hmmm.

You don't see it? How about now:


The squirrels had a plan all along! Kill off the veggie plot--which was clearly not xeric--and plant orderly rows of water-wise pecans in its stead. Oh, clever squirrels and silly me.

Though I do think a pecan orchard is a teensy bit self-serving on the squirrels' part.

12 comments:

  1. Clever little vermin they are.

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  2. Oh, Susan! I don't know whether to laugh or cry... which is probably the reaction of most garden-aspiring (and bird-feeding) types. Yes, I agree. Planting their OWN without offering to do any tending beyond that... entirely self-serving.

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  3. Those dastardly squirrels! Who knew they had such foresight.... I guess they're one reason not to plant urban forests: no shade trees, no squirrels. (But then, of course, no shade and no chorus of rustling leaves in the wind.) The trade-offs are never simple.

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  4. I hope this is not just phase 1 of their insidious master plan.

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  5. Omigosh! I didn't think about it being a "Phase 1"...!

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  6. And they even planted them in nice neat rows!

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  7. Yep, the nice neat rows are the part that got me. That is truly the darndest thing I've seen in a while.

    So sorry about your tomatoes, though. Stinkin' squirrels.

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  8. Oh Honey, I am still laughing. You are such a clever writer. Sorry about your veggies. Mine haven't been so good this year either.~~Dee

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  9. I think those squirrels are very clever! Only just got round to looking at your blog, and very nice it is too.

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  10. The Squirrels are planning for the future - I think they are in for the long haul!

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  11. Those are about the most orderly squirrels I have ever seen, not sure whether to feel bad for you or just laugh this...wonderful post! Kim

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