Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Curiouser and Curiouser

What a bargain!  A big bag of tulip bulbs for over 50% off.  Yes it was mid-March and the chances of all of them blooming was  a long shot, but I did this a few years ago and got some lovely tulips to push spring on my deck.  I would watch their bonny heads bob in the cold spring air through the window in the warmth of my living room.  I was going for an encore.

A few days later I find holes dug in the pots where I had carefully put in new potting soil and buried the bulbs at a nice depth.  Some bulbs chewed on while others were tossed hither and yon.  I replanted them...twice...determined old lady that I am.  Whatever squirrel was eating my bulbs I had about 30 in the pot and he should soon get tired of that diet.

This week I went out to investigate how they were doing.  Having been planted and then replanted several times, you know that they looked very, very sad.



It is late in spring and my forget-me-nots and my daffodils are already putting out a show to warm my heart winning the race with the tulips.  I am not as disappointed as I was at first.  It will be interesting to see if these even put out buds!

Then, just yesterday, while reading my new book on American wine on the deck I happened to rest my eyes on the smudged lower corner of the patio window.  (Yes, I am one of those who can spot dirt anywhere!)


Guess it was not the squirrel that had dug up my bulbs multiple times .  Can't you just picture this raccoon pausing to rest his muddy hands against the window and peer into the dark living room during the night while wondering what tummy treasures were inside waiting for him?

11 comments:

Peruby said...

LOL! My mouth actually dropped open when I saw those paw prints and realized what it was. Cute!

Hilary said...

Indeed I can.. and have witnessed that kind of scene a few times. They can be incredible pests but how I love raccoons. This made me smile.. thanks. :)

Kat said...

Ack! Those little "hand" prints are just too cute! The sassy little thing! Ha!

Celia said...

Ack is right. They can be cute but they've taken to pulling up chunks of my lawn to get at the bugs beneath it.

Anita said...

I can imagine the little critter peeking in! What a fun, suprise ending.

Mage said...

What fun....and all while being a referee too.

Scriptor Senex said...

I didn't guess racoon - we don't have them. But in our neck of the woods I'd suspect the meeces. They live in the shed and come out of their cosy little mice nests (made of any paper I've left around in there) to steal the bird food (they can climb the thin metal pole it's on) and then if there's no birdseed they head for the bulbs.

Bob Bushell said...

Love the Raccoons, more of them please.

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

Interesting that you have identified the culprit of your "pot diggers." I had the same thing happen to some planters many years ago and I thought it was cats getting into my pots. But your paw prints cinch that "coons" are the troublesome ones. -- barbara

Kay said...

Oh good grief! Raccoons do this too? We used to have raccoons under our deck.

Angie said...

This is hilarious---I love these little critters---and isn't that just like a man, in your most recent post above. :) Lovely lovely photos, Tabor