I have a confession to make. Something, as a gardener, that is difficult to admit.

I love rabbits! Not only that...


I would and do choose rabbits over my plants. When the two meet, I let things happen as they may.

I'm not only talking about the baby ones, which are pretty much irresistible. I love the grown ones too.

Furthermore, this feeling is not limited to rabbits. I love having deer in my garden as well...

...and chipmunks...

...and mice...

...and even woodchucks...

...which are probably the most damaging of the animals that frequent my garden.

All creatures are welcome here, as they're all part of the Equation of Life, and I want a living garden.

I'm still not sure how I'd feel about pandas though...

Of course if I didn't have a garden, would I even notice any of these animals?

By the way, that baby rabbit in the first photo was chased in circles on the driveway by a chipmunk -- which is why it was coming back up the hill to its hiding place under the Juniperus procumbens. Hilarious!


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Salty Pumpkin Studio  – (June 18, 2015 at 7:29 AM)  

Adorable rabbit!
Glad you are garden pet friendly

outlawgardener  – (June 18, 2015 at 9:40 AM)  

The wonders of nature! It's cool that your garden supports so many beautiful creatures!

danger garden  – (June 18, 2015 at 10:22 AM)  

I wonder why we don't ever have rabbits hopping through our garden? Maybe because of the local coyote population? My furry wildlife visitors are pretty much just squirrels, well, and the occasional bear or raccoon. On a more surprising note I was adding water to the stock tank pond yesterday and I spotted two fish. Fish I did not add to the tank...

Alan  – (June 18, 2015 at 1:13 PM)  

Loree: You added new plants though, right? The eggs must have been on them or in some soil. It's so cool when unexpected things like that happen!

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (June 18, 2015 at 1:52 PM)  

You have a zoo!!

I've never seen rabbits around here. We have loads of squirrels and scrub jays--they're always arguing with each other, it seems.

Denise  – (June 18, 2015 at 2:53 PM)  

What a Thoreau you are! I'd call that strength, not weakness, Alan ;)

Alan  – (June 18, 2015 at 4:21 PM)  

Gerhard: I forgot to mention the squirrels!

Denise: what a nice compliment! :)

Rock rose  – (June 18, 2015 at 7:36 PM)  

Hey! Want another rabbit? I saw one in my sunken garden this morning. I have no idea how I will ever get him out. Maybe the snake will get him. I do love all your wildlife but in my garden I'd rather they stayed out where it is wild. I saw a mother and fawn walk by yesterday. We are so fortunate to live among nature.

Alan  – (June 19, 2015 at 7:17 AM)  

Jenny: My neighbor with a fenced backyard said the other day "we had a rabbit yesterday. I don't know how it got in." I just looked at him, since I have at least four in my garden at all times, sometimes double that amount.

DC Tropics  – (June 19, 2015 at 9:34 AM)  

Living in a city, I don't have to decide whether deer, or rabbits, or chipmunks, voles, or woodchucks are pests. Squirrels are the worst I deal with (and those are bad enough). I know that many of my gardening friends have had to deal with such critters, and many do consider them pests. But I share your love of the animals and if and when I have a garden that they will visit, I hope we'll be able to co-exist. They occupied this land long before we did, and when their populations are out of control it's usually because we humans have eliminated their natural predators, through no fault of their own.

susie @ persimmon moon cottage  – (June 19, 2015 at 9:48 PM)  

I enjoy the rabbits, birds, little snakes, and even the mischievous squirrels almost as much as I do the flowers in my garden. All of this spring so far a rabbit has been spending most of each day in the shade beneath one of my David Austin roses. I was hoping that she wouldn't chew on it. As far as I can tell, she has not. She ventures a few hops out from under it's branches and nibbles on clover.

I live in one of the older, closer to the city suburbs in St. Louis. We have never had any chipmunks in this area as far as I know. I wish we did. We do see the occasional coyote and fox passing through, and unfortunately smell and see skunks that have come to the end of their life journey on nearby roads.

Yards and gardens are so much more interesting to me when they have some wildlife in them.

I think we have had our fill of rain for a while around here now. My petunia blossoms look like they are melting.

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