I had my
second cataract surgery this past week and (good news) I now have 20/20 vision
news, I had my second cataract surgery this past week and nobody died. Okay, this may seem like I’m relating two
unrelated events, but please recall what happened last month when I had my
first cataract surgery. I came home from
the surgery center to find a message from my brother that Mom had passed away
that morning. This time, I received
no news that any one I knew died on the day of my second surgery, so yay! I’ll take any victory that I can get at this
everything is blossoming. Our Bradford Pear
tree has white snowy branches, the forsythia has golden yellow limbs, and the
weeping cherry has bloomed with purple and lavender twiny strings hanging down
in flaccid fashion.
(Tee-hee! I said “flaccid.”)
very happy with the progress of my newly planted rhododendron, as Warrior Queen reported on her blog. I am trying to populate
the back yard with flora that reminds me of plants my mother had in our yard
while I was growing up, and yet not tempt the local deer population to gorge on
my landscaping. Sadly, I made a
miscalculation when I brought the rhododendron home.
this species of plant and found that deer do not avoid the rhodo. Nay, in fact they look upon it as a
feast. Sure enough, I googled further
and found that one of these critters was enterprising enough to land a rhododendron
cookbook on the The New York Times best sellers list (“101 Rhodo Recipes” by
Bambi).* Naturally, I did not make this discovery until AFTER I planted my new
$30 dollar garden investment in the ground.
thought I had read somewhere on the Internet (where everything is right, don’t
you know) that deer don’t like rhododendrons. Or maybe I got my rhodos mixed up with another species of plant like daffodils.
I know that it is a bit of stretch to confuse a rhododendron with daffodils, but
please keep in mind: my 20/20 vision was
not restored until this week.
course the rhodo plant will be the main entrée after the deer feast on the
hosta salad bar.** Hosta is another
species I fondly remember bordering the postage stamp size garden of our Northeast Philadelphia row house. I have
planted four or five around the base of our weeping cherry. Fortunately, I’m spraying both rhodo and hosta
with a deer repellant, and so far, so good.
while I’m depriving the local deer population of a hearty meal, I might as well
do my part to piss off the local squirrels too. In the 15 years we have lived here, we’ve filled a bird feeder near the
living room window, solely so the local bird population can entertain our cats
while they fill their tummies.
Unfortunately, the birds are joined by the squirrels and deer (remember them?). This depletes a normal two week supply of
bird seed in a matter of days. The aforementioned
deer repellant has discouraged the deer not to suck and/or otherwise lick the
seed out of the tiny feeder holes, but the squirrels proved more difficult.
purchased a squirrel baffle for the base of our bird feeder. For those not familiar with this device, it is
simply nothing more than a sheet metal hood fashioned in such a way that the squirrels climb up the pole or
post and, instead of reaching around to grasp a paw full of seed within reach, they have to figure out how to
climb upside down to the edge of the hood, then climb up the top of the hood. So far, they have not thought this through.
They could develop
tiny suction cups on their paws and feet, or order two pairs of Acme brand
suction cups on Amazon, but so far they haven’t been able to make either one of
these choices. They also haven’t
resorted to a third choice: hire a squirrel lawyer to issue a cease and
desist order to me to remove the baffle.***
So, with any
luck this spring, I’ll have great looking plants and grumpy wildlife in my backyard. I can live with that!
* Who knew
that Bambi was so in touch with his doe side to write a cook book? And I always
thought he was so…so stag!
** And, no, I’m
not putting out croutons!
*** This begs the question: how does one tell the regular squirrels from the lawyer
squirrels? Easy! The lawyer squirrels are the ones wearing
fluorescent striped bow ties!
for reading. Next week in this space: a
review of Bambi’s latest New York Times best seller, “Humping Does!” Now that’s more like it!)