Stupid squirrels ATE the daffodil bulbs!

linnea56(z5 IL)November 14, 2010

I did a big planting of bulbs from my VE order: about 300 crocus, daffs, species tulips, scilla, and chionodoxa.

Most of the stuff I thought they'd eat (crocus, tulips) was protected with wire mesh. But the daffodils and things they don't normally eat were not protected. I ran out of mesh at the end and, crossing my fingers, tucked the last 30 or so species crocus under the overhanging leaves of some heuchera.

I planted about a dozen or 18 extra daffodils around a tree, about 10 feet away from the big planting. The next morning, half of them had been dug up: but not just dug and tasted and left, eaten! There were only the outermost layers left shredded on the ground. The holes were left open, so I knew how many were gone.

I then went over to the last unprotected crocus I planted: no disturbance!

Nyah, nyah, nyah....you ate the wrong thing! (visualize here a disproportionate amount of satisfaction) I trust that whoever it was had a huge tummy ache.

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vetivert8(NI-NZ zone 9a)

Your wicked glee is entirely understandable. I'm actually surprised at how restrained you are :-)))

Now, if only that squirrel lives to tell its children - you could be hassle-free for YEARS!

The Eternal Optimist.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2010 at 3:39AM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

Oh Linnea, that is almost unbelievable. I've never heard of such a thing. If it is really so, you might find some dead little critters here in the next few days.

There were only the outermost layers left shredded on the ground.
I'm wondering if they maybe took them somewhere else and replanted them and that you might find them in various places next spring, or in following years.

Another GW member had daffs show up on her property that she had not planted, so I'm thinking they must have been 'brought on' by some critter at some time or another.

Sue

    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 8:23AM
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luvahydrangea(Albany, NY 5)

I've never heard of that happening, but I don't doubt it for a minute. The rats, er squirrels got into my garage and ate a box of rat poison. Looks like they had a party with it, not a drop left and not a single dead squirrel could be found. They're indestructible.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 8:41AM
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linnea56(z5 IL)

There were so many tiny chips that it was impossible to tell if any core of bulb would have been left. But if I see any Sundisc daffodils in a neighbor's yard, I'll know they're mine! :) They are minis and pretty distinctive.

I did see a squirrel watching me from across the street as I finished up. Usually when I actually see one, I know there will be trouble. But I didn't worry at the time, because they were daffodils.

When I planted the back yard a day later, I checked for squirrels watching first. There weren't any. This sounds like I'm joking, but I'm not.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 11:48AM
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linnea56(z5 IL)

Actaully, maybe the daffodils eaten the day before was the REASON I saw no squirrels the next day. Holed up with tummy aches? Are daffodils poisonous enough to actually kill them?

    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 11:52AM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

Actaully, maybe the daffodils eaten the day before was the REASON I saw no squirrels the next day.
I'm betting so, but still think they just 'peeled' them and then planted elsewhere. As poisonous as they are, they likely died, as opposed to just getting a tummy ache.

Yep, I'm betting some little Sun Disc will be popping up somewhere in the neighborhood.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 12:27PM
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denninmi(8a)

Wow, that's discouraging -- one of the few things in my garden I consider rodent-proof, and my personal favorite plant. I have planted probably at least 5,000 daffs in the past couple of decades. So far, so good despite tremendous vole population. But, there is a first time for everything. I always considered Alliums vole-proof, too, until the voles ate over 100 of them last winter.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2010 at 6:56PM
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fieldofflowers(3 or 4a)

Why do I always find these posts in the archive and never the current year?! Do people still have this same problem in 2013?

I just planted some in the back yard of an urban apartment complex. Anyways during a major rain storm, I came to check. Yup. A good number dug up, missing, eaten and shredded on the ground. I can't tell how many are left because the ground is so saturated and muddy. But I estimate a good 5 missing at least. I dug up two and moved them to another area, more highly foot trafficked by humans. Maybe those will be safe?

Can squirrels become immune to the toxins? These may be the same squirrels that dug up and ate nearly all of the Caladium bulbs I planted in the spring.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 2:47PM
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