animals that eat bulbs

Kathleen Sayce
Sun, 01 Dec 2013 11:02:55 PST
For years I read posts from PBS members about squirrels digging and eating bulbs, and thought, weird, squirrels in my yard don't do this. Then I moved my seedling pots from the main entry to a side walkway less than thirty feet away, in a effort to declutter the main one. Welcome to my house, please dodge all the pots . . .   
Within a day, those same squirrels had found all the crocus pots and began digging out the bulbs, eating them, leaving the shoots behind. Stuck indoors with bronchitis, all I could do was fume, and begin planning extensive critter-guard devices. They checked some Lilum and Veratrum pots too, and a Triteleia, but left these alone for now. 
As soon as I can work outside, heavy mesh screens are going over every one of these pots. I already screen Pacifica iris seedling pots, because of the jays, which like to probe for seeds. 
As for the crocus, clearly I'll be starting over, growing them from seed. 


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