Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wednesday in Wyoming -- April 27, 2016

I can't blame the bunnies for this.  The famous Wyoming wind combined with a heavy snowfall to bend the daffodil stems so badly that they had no chance of holding up the blossoms.  What's a person to do?

I suppose if I had had florist tape or wire, I could have used that.  But since I had neither, I wrapped the stems in masking tape.  It worked!  That might be an unusual form of Daffodil First-Aid, but it meant that I could enjoy the flowers for well over a week.

Have you ever had to perform first-aid on flowers from your garden?  If so, what did you do?

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Wednesday in Wyoming -- April 20, 2016

Do you see anything wrong with this picture?  If you look closely, you'll see that my friendly cottontails have cut off and discarded grape hyacinth flowers and stems, making them look a bit like trees that have been cut by loggers.  They've also devoured the rest of the foliage.

Got to love those bunnies!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Wednesday in Wyoming -- April 13, 2016

Aren't these beautiful?  In case you're not familiar with them, they're dwarf iris.  They also come in a lighter purple and yellow, but this seems to the predominant color.

Remember how I told you that cottontails preferred white crocuses to the other varieties?  When the dwarf irises first opened, the rabbits wouldn't touch them, regardless of the color.  (No complaints from me, I assure you.)  But during the most recent snowstorm, one bunny would dig through inches and inches of snow to devour purple dwarf iris.  I have to admit that it was cute to see the brightly colored blossoms disappear into his mouth.  Fortunately, by that time the snow had taken its toll on the flowers, so losing a few to a hungry bunny wasn't a tragedy.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Wednesday in Wyoming -- April 6, 2016

This may look like an ordinary white crocus to you, but in my yard it's an almost-endangered species.  For some reason, cottontail rabbits (at least the ones who live here) have a strong preference for snacking on white crocuses.  They won't touch the yellow or purple ones, but the white ones disappear almost as soon as they open.

Anyone know why?  Do you think it's the color that attracts them, or is it possible that they smell and/or taste different?