Like the raccoons, snails leave calling cards. I found an interesting one this week.
|Doesn't that look like a heart? Was the snail thanking me for providing it with a nice, juicy Agave attenuata leaf? It's never a positive to find a hole in an agave but it took some of the sting away when the hole looks more like art than vandalism.|
The squirrels have also returned. I left the bird feeders empty all summer and the squirrels virtually disappeared. But earlier this month, I noticed their sudden return. Although the bird feeders remained empty, they somehow knew that it was time to harvest the persimmons. They also seem to think I need more guava trees as they've been planting the unripe guavas they don't eat. One also thinks I need another lemon tree. But nowhere have they been more helpful than with my preparations for Halloween.
|Like the snail, the squirrel preferred to work on his art in private. He attempted camouflage when I interrupted him.|
|He worked on his carving for days. Who needs Martha Stewart's help in carving pumpkins?|
Last year, I placed skeleton rats around my pumpkin and, for a time, they kept the squirrels at a distance. Or, perhaps that was just a coincidence. This year, I was unable to find the rats and so left the skeleton cat in charge. He wasn't very effective. I found the rats earlier this week and added them to the mix but the squirrel wasn't deterred.
|The rats had cleverly hidden in a box|
|The cat looked more impressive with his rat friends by his side but the squirrel wasn't put off|
|The human skeleton just lay about doing nothing|
But why did I think I could do better decorating the pumpkin than the squirrel? Really, is there a scarier pumpkin than this one?
|Gross, isn't it? It even has bugs. Unfortunately, it won't last until Halloween. It's going in the green bin today for pick-up tomorrow.|
When you think about it, it's just a matter of perspective. Who needs garden fairies when you've got raccoons, snails, and squirrels working for you? Whether they're a help or a hindrance is all a matter of attitude.
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