Bulbs in lawns

Rodger Whitlock totototo@pacificcoast.net
Sun, 05 Sep 2004 07:33:41 PDT
On  2 Sep 04 at 8:36, James Waddick wrote:

> ...tree rats*

> * tree rats are also known as grey squirrels, but this is too kind 
> and avoids calling a rat a rat!

I seem to recall from the halcyon days of my undergraduate studies
in Pasadena, California that the palms lining some streets were (so
the story goes) infested with "tree rats." Allegedly, these would
set up housekeeping in the tangle of dead fronds near the top of
each palm.

So beware: there may already be a critter out there with a prior claim
on the epithet "tree rat."

[NB the use of the weasel phrases/words "seem to recall", "so the 
story goes", and "allegedly" in the above account. I never saw one of 
these "tree rats" and have no idea what they were or whether they 
even existed. I don't remember seeing gray squirrels in Pasadena, but 
it's been a l-o-n-g time since I was there.]

I find the gray squirrels here, a recent introduction by a misguided 
fool, do not go after my bulbs. I presume this is because the large 
English oaks around me, Quercus robur, shower down an abundance of 
acorns every fall.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

on beautiful Vancouver Island

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