Posted: February 2, 2014 in Animals, Nature, Writing
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The sky darkens, thunder rolls.  Rain engages in dance with giant hosta leaves.  The brown rabbit sits motionless in the yard, ears at alert, eyes watching me at the window.  Dinner interrupted.  He (or perhaps she– how can I tell?) is still there when I put the blinds down against the oncoming dark, crouched in the middle of a island of dark green hues and various textures.

A few days ago, this same rabbit and three siblings, (friends?), frolicked outside the kitchen window, leaping and twisting madly in the air.  Perhaps there’s rabbit-nip somewhere hidden in the bushes.  They look soft and adorable with puffball tails, but their idea of a gourmet snack includes edible flowers…mine.  A lovely little enclave of colors I had planted where the corner of the driveway intersected the lawn evidently appears to them to be a sushi bar.  They seem to choose by color.  All the small red flowers disappeared over the course of several nights.  Eventually they moved on to other raw bars and natural foods restaurants and my flowers cautiously bloomed again.


  1. M. R. says:

    Amazing to live where you have wild creatures visiting (even if only to consume all your hard work and pleasure) …

    • I wrote this while still living in the suburbs of Cleveland, where we had lots of wild animals. Just a short distance away, there had been an enormous estate which was sold and a high-end shopping area put in. That displaced lots of animals and we also routinely had deer, which also loved to graze on plants, often eating the flowers from all my daylilies. I wasn’t happy about that, I can tell you, but what can you do?


  2. Amy says:

    That is lovely capture! 🙂

  3. They also like the leaves of young chile plants. Little scoundrels!

  4. They think leaf lettuce and peas are delicious too. Very cute nuisances.

  5. hugmamma says:

    I too serve up a smorgasborg to bunnies in my garden. Not willingly, mind you. But hey! I guess there’s enough to go around…what with the deer, slugs, birds, and squirrels coveting their share of the lot as well. I try to compensate by growing tons more than any of them could eat. 🙂

  6. FireBonnet says:

    I love your line ” Eventually they moved on to other raw bars and natural foods restaurants and my flowers cautiously bloomed again.” What a delightful conclusion.

    • 🙂 The day lily flowers that the deer ate didn’t do so well. One day they were there, looking lovely; the next, completely gone. I was NOT happy, but it had happened before.


  7. The little darlings think all those lovely flowers are weeds, and you’ll be pleased they cleared them for you !!!!

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