Time for some delicious fruit! ... oh.

Some days I have posts all planned out, like when I'm going to build something or put something into the ground. Some days though posts just happen. Those are usually pretty fun and exciting. Note that I said usually.

Because sometimes it's not that much fun. This was the case the other morning when I went outside to find that the raccoons had not only sampled some of the delicious (or so I've heard) passion fruit that's been ripening on my vines, but they pulled the whole trellis down.


I know it was pretty early in the morning, and I may have been a little groggy still, but I'm pretty certain this trellis is supposed to be less horizontal:

I've been checking the passion fruit every day for the last week or so, as I know they're getting close to being ripe.

Apparently the raccoons have been doing the same, but they're not as patient as I am, and will gladly munch not-yet-quite-ripe-enough fruits.

These are the tasty little seed pods:

This is a now-empty fruit:

So I think they've gotten every fruit on this vine. Not much I can do except correct the orientation of the trellis and get on with my morning:

I bet you're wondering why I'm not more upset about this, aren't you? I mean, I've been looking forward to trying these fruits for a while now, enjoying the beautiful flowers for sure, but also wanting a taste of the results. Why am I not cursing these critters and consulting the phone book for the closest pest control company?

I've got a secret backup vine, high out of their reach.

Shhhh. Don't tell the raccoons.


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Rock rose  – (October 7, 2011 at 6:15 AM)  

You don't think they can climb up there! I hope not for your sake. I am amazed that you can grow passion fruit. I don't think I have heard of anyone here growing them. Lots of passion vines but no fruit mentioned.

Alan  – (October 7, 2011 at 7:39 AM)  

Lancashire: Sure they can climb up there, but I'm hoping they won't notice them. Passiflora incarnata

Matthew –   – (October 7, 2011 at 7:43 AM)  

I was with you lamenting the loss of your delicious fruit until you showed the backup vine, good job! Don't seem to have much racoon trouble here, luckily!

Kathy G  – (October 7, 2011 at 7:55 AM)  

Good luck keeping those fruits away from the racoons!

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (October 7, 2011 at 9:55 AM)  

AAARGH, I know how you feel. We've had similar problems with rats eating our tomatoes.

Steve Lau  – (October 7, 2011 at 11:53 AM)  

I use deer netting around my edible fruits/ vegetables and it seems to protect them completely so far. I've never had critters break through it before, and they were causing a lot of damage before that. Deer netting is also very thin so it may act as an invisible barrier to them.

Cat  – (October 7, 2011 at 6:35 PM)  

Ha! Here is hoping they don't spot them!

Andrea  – (October 8, 2011 at 6:34 AM)  

Haha, i love this post, you got me there! I've been so sorry for you in the beginning, now i would like to pinch you!

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