Last fall before frost, I brought in some of my summer annuals to overwinter. Among them were three beautiful geraniums. They make happy houseplants if given enough light and warmth.
Early June I put them out on the front porch and the deck. The one on the deck was in one of those self-watering pots, which turned out not to be the best idea because it holds water when it rains and becomes a mess. So I planted that geranium in a window box.
By now you know I am a squirrel advocate…and sometimes called a squirrely advocate, which is neither here nor there. I happily provide the little dudes with peanuts. Unfortunately, they are garden terrors.
Each morning I inspect the pots to see if these anti-gardeners have been busy and then repair the mess they’ve made.
This afternoon provided a new discovery as I gazed out the window to see if the hummingbird liked the new placement of the feeder away from bird and squirrel traffic. A squirrel was on the ledge behind the window box that housed my geranium. Said squirrel also had the geranium between his paws and was chowing down on the root. Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of the crime as it occurred because I was too astounded. I’ve replanted the poor geranium and am thinking of potting it up and bringing it back inside to nurse it back to health.
Now, when I Googled “squirrels eat geranium roots,” two blogs, that shall remain nameless, listed geraniums as flowers you should plant because squirrels won’t eat them. They don’t like the smell of them. Haha. Maybe my squirrel is a connoisseur. Or eclectic. Figures I would have weird squirrels.
Man, he’s back. I’ve got to save my geranium! BRB
I apologize for the quality of the next two pictures that show the gourmet squirrel entertaining a new delicacy, a coleus leaf. He was caught in the act of coleus leaf thieving!
Well, I’m still going to go save my geranium. Tomorrow it will probably be the coleus. They just dig up the petunias and don’t eat them…