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LG_LG_ gardens in SE LondonPosts: 3,797

Who, or rather what, do you think is doing this? I lost loads of bulbs at the squirrel-digging stage, but once those that were left had grown and formed buds I thought they were safe. Not so. Something has been nipping the flowers off - I've lost about half of them. Grrrr.

Occasionally it's lower down the stem and I've been able to retrieve the abandoned piece to put in a vase (tulips mainly, but also erythroniums). Usually it's just below the flower, quite a neat cut, and sometimes I find it nearby, sometimes not.

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^ Queen of the Night. Just one left.

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^ Appledoorn. Group of - er - three.

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^ Spring Green. Another group of 'three'.

I initially thought foxes (we have loads, and it's sort of head height for them). But could it be birds? Very persistent pigeons here, also magpies, jays and parakeets (not seen the latter land at all though).

'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
- Cicero

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  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489

    LGtheG  last year i was blaming squirrels for taking the heads of  antirrhinums, in a pot. Then I saw a field mouse take a head off at the stem then scuttle away with it.

    SW Scotland
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,863

    I have lost some in the same way. Cleanly taken off quite high up. As we have a squirrel that is fond of camellia flowers and the occasional magnolia, I presume it is varying its salad.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,375

    The muntjac get blamed for everything here. image. But I love having them in residence

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 18,458

    Same thing happened here in the lower part without a deer fence. There were deer footprints in the bed.

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 5,549

    or rabbits. 

    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923

    just checking its not in a front garden? as it could be another wildlife type known as idiots

  • I lost almost all of my tulip flowers to deer and also the frest growth of my roases. Caught the deer on camera one morning!! This has been going on for the last 2 years!!

  • LG_LG_ gardens in SE LondonPosts: 3,797

    Definitely no deer here! Nor rabbits, to my knowledge. If the garden was easily accessible I would have thought it was someone with secateurs too, treehugger. But it's not.

    I've been blaming the foxes but it seems more likely to be mice or squirrels. And given that the b****y squirrels caused untold damage to my bulbs before they even got to sprout, I guess it probably is them. At this stage I guess there's nothing I can do to prevent them? There's a couple nesting in one of our trees so I will expect further damage from their offspring.

    Grrr again.

    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
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