The raccoons first go for the water in my small funky fountain. Every morning it's bone dry. Then they eat the foliage on my Calendula's...it must be the herbal scent that attracts them. Next, they ate the buds on my alstromerias.
These must be vegetarians, as they also ate all the herbs in my neighbors window box.
The people on the other side of the fence found 3 of them in their kitchen eating the cat food...at 3:00 a.m. !!! They've since closed off the cat door.
See? Now you have all of these reasons to be thankful...isn't your day much brighter?
Dove, the question is...would you ever choose to stay in Ohio permanently? I'm assuming not, but trying to keep an open mind about where we'd like to live.....I didn't mind the winters in Iowa, but the summers were horrendously bad. Still, if my best friend there were still living, I'd probably go back for that reason alone. Sometimes things besides the weather can influence us.
I wanted to pop in and respond and also let you know Matt and I are leaving for DC in the morning and won't return until Monday (He's receiving an award and since it's Cherry Blossom season so we are making a short holiday out of it)
Nay,nay I would not choose to stay in Ohio! Although I can think of many many things I will miss once we leave, it's spring now and everyday I feel little pings of regret, still it's not our forever place... it was just a 3 year adventure.
If I could afford what I want in California (some where between 50 and 100 acres, a pond and zoning to allow 5 houses) I would be there in a heartbeat. Matt is retiring from the Military he didn't win the lottery *S* Washington State is an option as is Kentucky and Tennessee.
we use deer off (or dear away) and it does work on most critters, rabbit, coons and the like... smells like rotten eggs when you 1st spray it, then the smell goes away, at least to human noses. It lasts about 2 or 3 months even though the rain. You only need to spray it where the raccoons hang out. I'm pretty sure they will hightail it outta there.
Washington is still one of our options also. We built a house on Whidbey 20 years ago and I loved everything up there...I did suffer some depression from the gloom, but would go back armed with a 'light tube'.....not so sure about the South.
Hurray for Matt...on both counts, getting out and the award.
Wow! I hope they let you take pictures. That's very exciting. Let us know how the rose garden's arranged. I'm curious to know whether they have a separate section for the roses named after first ladies. (I wonder if they separate the Republican first ladies from the Democrats.)
HI, I'm Linda from SF east bay. Hot dry summers wet cool winters. Zone 9.
I am so glad I found this forum. Looking forward to getting my garden going this year. Beautiful weekend and now its suppost to rain again this week. As much as we need the rain I'm sure looking forward to sunshine.
I see lots of names from DG so I know there is alot of nice people here and know I'll be welcome.