Number two on my GRIT blog post and my last post here was a repeat of last years resolution not to buy anymore plants until I had all my potted plants physically in the ground. I had this one in the bag this year, as I purchased several plants before Christmas. I found a great close out sale 90% off and purchased an Encore Azalea, two rhododendrons in 3 gallon pots, a large sky pencil and three dwarf gardenia’s and three standard gardenia’s all for less than nineteen dollars. And the best part was, I really needed some of them to finish out the bed around the front of the house. The only problem was I had recently had knee surgery and was still on crutches, so I decided to over winter them in the greenhouse. About a week later I went out to water my plants and something was eating the gardenia’s and the azalea. I set out mouse and rat traps and thought I had the problem controlled after several where caught. I didn’t find anything unusual until this week when I found nubs left of what used to be the gardenia’s.
More traps were set and one thing that I learned was that live mice and rats consider dead ones food. I’m finding a little bit of fur and tails when checking the traps. I need to get them under control before seed planting time. Last year and the year before they got into my planting containers and ate all of my seeds which resulted in a limited amount of late vegetable plants that didn’t survive the early 100 degree temperatures.
Pondering why I’m having so much trouble lately with the field mice and rats in the greenhouse, it occurred to me that it’s the only place where they are safe from the hooligans.
Back to this year’s goals as I call them instead of resolutions; I thought I was in great shape until I received a 15% off card from Bluestone Perennials if an order was placed by this past weekend. I made a wish list that I discarded, but after logging onto their website, my order that I thought was discarded when I logged off was still there. Well —- you know the rest of the story.