Renovating an Established Garden One Step at a Time
Hi Kris, do you know who is getting his or her treat there? My pumpkins have remained untouched so far. Your bouquet from Monday is incredible! Warm regards,Christina
Is this the work of raccoons?
Now if this was in my garden I would say squirrels or deer...
Oh, very cute. I know it's the little guy in the first two pictures. He comes to life at night.I've never seen a warty pumpkin before. Or is it a gourd? Are they the same one in middle and bottom pictures? It looks to me like a rat because that is the way the oranges look after they get at them, empty in the middle where the moisture is and the outside skin just hollowed out. But on the other hand, kinda big for one rat.
I bet this is the work of those nasty rotten raccoons.
Raccoons, rats or squirrels? The suspense is killing us.
All: My immediate reaction was to blame the raccoons but they'd probably have dragged away the small pumpkins and devoured more of the large, warty one. My second guess was the squirrels and, sure enough, I caught Mr. Squirrel going at the remnants late this afternoon. My guess is that he's the primary culprit. Jane, I think the gargoyle can only be blamed for failing to scare away the pumpkin-eater(s). I've left the remains to allow the critters one more night of feasting, then the whole mess goes into the trash for tomorrow's pick-up. Too bad too - I was going to try to hang on to the pumpkins through Thanksgiving.
Ah, yes. Squirrel. Seeds. Makes sense. No doubt you will find out where he buried them next year when you see the pumpkin patch growing. That'll be your treat. Ha-ha.
Hahaha. Someone's had fun (and has a full little belly)!
I was guessing raccoons as well, but squirrels were running a close second. That pumpkin must have seemed deliciously sweet but even more delectably moist, given your dry times. Front porch vandalism is always frustrating, isn't it? There is one (and maybe more) particular whitetail deer who is my front porch nemesis here. He (she?) comes up right by our front door at night (at least I've never seen one there in daylight) and eats my plants right out of their pots there.
I thought of your raccoons too, but it looks like the seeds were a principal target. The large warty pumpkin is amazing, I've not seen those before this year on blogs.
I haven't seen a pumpkin that warty! It was fabulous in a hideous sort of way before the squirrels got to it.
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