July 10, 2012

Breakfast

I am growing a few plants of 'Mara des Bois' everbearing strawberries.  The few berries I pick are not enough for a shortcake dessert, but sometimes I get enough to put on my breakfast cereal.

Sometimes I don't get any, and here is why.


The brazen chipmunk that lives in my garden has the nerve not only to eat my strawberries, but he then climbs up on a rock in the gravel garden and arranges his leavings as a bold taunt.

Look, I ate your strawberries.  I did.  And I will again.

I'm thinking of changing my breakfast menu from cold cereal with strawberries to fried chipmunk with gravy.

 

20 comments:

  1. Once when I lived in SC I called the police to complain about a neighbor who was squirrel hunting on his property, which abutted mine. Worried for the safety of my kids, I called for backup. Instead, the cop gave me a recipe for fried squirrel with rice. I think chipmunks would be tasty, too.

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    1. Tammy, What a helpful civil servant. Sheesh.

      I've had fried squirrel, years ago. Not bad.

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  2. I hope you don't mind if I join you. I'll be having stewed rabbit.

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    1. Cat, I hope you have a good recipe. It should taste good, in addition to being so satisfying.

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  3. I hate it when they eat my strawberries and I REALLY hate it when they don't even finish the pilfered fruit. Don't they know there are starving squirrels in China?! So rude.

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    1. Heather, that's what got me too.. Chippie didn't even finish the strawberry. He just put it on the rock to taunt me.

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  4. LOL, my biggest problem at this point are stink bugs... nothing as cute and fury as a chipmunk or squirrel...

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    1. Ruth, Chippie is cute but destructive. But I will take him any day over stinkbugs!

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  5. How about a side of squirrel. Mine feel that KG is their garden, after all I am only there a couple months of the year, so I am the interloper, and must be punished for showing up by beheaded tulips, etc, etc.

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    1. Deborah, Your squirrels are more destructive -- I see the little rodents in my garden, but they don't eat anything. They do leave cracked walnut shells from the nearby woods all over the lawn and Jim's mower doesn't deal with those very well. But I can live with their habits since they don't destroy my plants. I'll send some of my squirrels north for you.

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  6. I had chipmunks once...then a Cooper's Hawk started hanging out...now, no more chipmunks. My current problem is ants, I had a few Strawberries beginning to ripen last week and was so excited until I went out and discovered that ants had chewed their way through all of them. UGH!

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    1. Julie, Oh no, ants eat strawberries?? Another worry.

      We have a very visible bobcat who patrols the meadow and marks his territory (scat) in my dry creek bed. And there are red tailed hawks, so you'd think Chippie would be in some danger. You'd think.

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  7. Laurrie, I feel your outrage. The varmints, from slugs to chipmunks, feel entitled to the fruits of gardeners' labor. Fried chipmunk sounds delicious.

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    1. Lee, the varmints in this garden certainly do seem entitled!

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  8. That is too funny:) Sorry, Laurrie, I know you're not laughing. Mr. Chipmunk seems to be flaunting his thievery. If I'm ever invited to your house for breakfast, though, I think I'll pass on anything that looks like sausage and gravy:)

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    1. Rose, Ha! Jim will make you pancakes; no fear of fried varmint for breakfast if you visit here.

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  9. I've looked over your plant list and still don't know what the white blooming shrublet/perennial is behind the big stone with the half eaten strawberry on it. Looks like it's flanked with geraniums. It's darling, and I'm developing lust for it.
    Bunnies are my preferred breakfast dish and squirrels will take one bite from every ripening peach.Sometimes it's frustrating!I bought a spray bottle of Plantskydd for next spring. I've heard good things so we'll see.

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    1. Val, the white flowering shrub is New Jersey Tea, Ceanothus americanus, and yes those are geraniums under it. New Jersey Tea is a real beauty, and a bee magnet. It's done blooming now, but from late June til after the 4th of July it is filled with cream colored tiny flower spikes, like a miniature lilac.

      Good luck with the Plantskydd. I found I needed to spray twice as often as recommended to keep critters away, and after every rain. I used it mainly against the deer. I don't think you want to spray it on the ripening peaches, it's pretty stinky!!

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  10. Just what the world needs, a smart-a$$ chipmunk with a sense of humor. I'd be ticked too.

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    1. Sweetbay, I am so not into this chipmunk's sense of humor!

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