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Rabbit Eats Morning Glory

I love my mom who at 85 years is still a perky gal who isn't shy about expressing her opinions on any and every subject and could care less about being politically correct. On Sunday's I always go to her house for a visit. We sit in her living room and I listen as she talks away. She does have her telephone buddies who call almost daily to chat and share the latest tidbits of news and my siblings either call or stop by during weekdays to take her to the grocery store and otherwise get her out of the house for a time. Dad died in 2003 and her sister in 2005 who was her everyday companion enjoyed going to the you pick fields nearby to gather fresh vegetables or fruits. They were always very close.

This week as I visited with mom I found her on the telephone talking to a cousin who lives in Colorado, Rachael, whose husband is a retired Army man. She handed me the phone to say hello. This lady baby sat me and my older sister and younger brother when mom worked in the cotton mill when we were very small and attended high school while she lived with us in the mill village of Tuxedo.

As I was preparing to leave this Sunday mom wanted me to see one of her flowers, a Morning Glory she had staked neatly on wooden stakes and wrapped with an ornamental red cord. I had always thought of Morning Glories as a novel flower and an annual nuisance that wasn't very popular especially in the family garden where they seemed to thrive in our beans. As a boy, we would pop the blooms that were just forming and had a natural air pocket between our thumb and index finger. The noise sounded like that of a boys cap buster when the hammer strikes the gunpowder cap.

Much to our chagrin when we went outside to view the Morning Glory, nothing much remained of the flower. It was apparent one of the rabbits that lives around her place must have eaten the plant at least that was mom's accusation. I felt somewhat disappointed knowing how meticulously she had cared for this flower as she does all her potted plants and vegetables.. She has an abundance of furry critters that inhabit the wooded area surrounding her home. Rabbits, ground hogs (my daddy called them Whistle Pigs), squirrels both gray and white, chipmunks and raccoon's, foxes, possum's and even a deer have been seen on her property which is near the swampland's and our counties largest recreational park.

An APB has been issued by the local authorities and the black and whites are on the look out for one Bugs Bunny: the suspected perpetrator of this dastardly deed who must quickly be brought to justice to prevent further episodes of munching the flowers. When and if apprehended he will undergo a Breathalyzer on the spot and be compelled to hop a straight line and a close examination of whiskers for Morning Glory blossom residue to ascertain his innocence and remove any doubts as to whether he is guilty of said infractions.. Knowing dear old Bugs, he will most likely finger the neighborhood Whistle Pig, or his cousin,Peter, who has been known to frequent flower gardens hiding eggs and would be a likely suspect. He might even request to be thrown to the brier patch if the interrogation proves to be too stressful, as we all know safety is only a Hair's breadth away. .

I have always enjoyed watching the rabbits on my place which is out in the rural area of our county and their presence maybe more expected. Each evening they come to graze of the clover below my barn. They are getting plenty fat now and baby bunnies are appearing as well. Cute as they may be, rabbits can do much damage to crops and in the case of my mom's Morning Glories, they will destroy a flower garden. When I was in high school I grew some pole beans on year to make some money and remember going to my :"patch" with my trusty 410 Winchester to take care of business. Fortunately for me after my beans began to get runners, the rabbits left them alone.

Little can be done to keep the rabbits at bay but some fences such as chicken wire can be effective. There are some repellents on the market that also may help if you have a problem with rabbits eating your garden.

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