Helping me stay busy

As summer marches on and my wishlist of projects grows -- with items being added more quickly than I can take them off -- the last thing I need is something else to do. This is when I really appreciate the parts of the garden that don't need much attention to stay looking good, like this trio of potted sempervivum...

What's that you say? You only see two pots, not three? Yeah, it seems that my idea of "not needing much attention"...


...Is not shared by at least one of the local raccoon population:

He (I assume it's a young male) has been tipping over potted plants for the last few days, but this is the first one he's dug up.

To give him the benefit of the doubt, he may have just tipped it over, which caused it to roll onto the stairs, then down a few steps. The soil could have spilled out by itself at first, and then he got curious and dug around a bit. (I should point out that this pot has been in the exact same place for at least six months. What made it so interesting this night?)

Regardless of the exact chain of events, I have a mess to clean up and some semps to repot. Granted, replanting these guys is not too difficult, and cleaning the stairs just took a little bit of water so its not like I had to make a major commitment of time.

I just resent having extra work created for me, especially by something that started out so cute!

(I fully expected to see this dug up again this morning, but it appears the pot tipper did not visit my yard last night.)


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Steve Lau  – (August 6, 2012 at 9:48 PM)  

I've figured out a way which seems to be keeping all the pests away from the sempervivums.

I'm really not sure why, but having rocks surrounding the little plants seems to keep the deer from eating them, or anything else from touching them.

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