What's eating my bulb flowers?

Diane Whitehead voltaire@islandnet.com
Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:34:26 PDT
On 11-Mar-13, at 1:40 PM, Rodger Whitlock wrote:

> This spring, my crocus flowers have been eaten by some unknown  
> critter. The
> flower buds are nibbled down to next to nothing, but the foliage is  
> intact.
> Other flowers affected include Cyclamen coum, where the entire  
> flower and calyx
> are neatly nipped off,

Deer have eaten some of my  crocus flowers.  I made the mistake of  
putting pots of them on a nose high stand beside my front door.  They  
were meant to appeal to visitors, but not those particular ones.

Cyclamen in some areas of the garden are now just bare stems sticking  
up, and Iris lazica has lost all its flowers.

One good thing, though.  The deer love leaves of Spanish bluebells.  I  
spend a long time every year digging out hundreds of them.  There are  
still a few thousand yet to dig, but having their leaves regularly  
munched might slow them down a bit.

Diane Whitehead
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
cool mediterranean climate
moderate dry summers, moderate rainy winters
68 cm rain (27 in)

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