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Re: A mystery...
  • Subject: Re: A mystery...
  • From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
  • Date: Mon, 3 May 2010 21:33:33 -0500

I've lost Baptisia to shade but never to rodents; how sad.
Auralie, I have had great success w the kittylitter trick as a deterrent. They don't return to the spot, but they do just try somewhere else.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, May 03, 2010 5:28 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] A mystery...

Chipmunks make holes all through my beds and lawn - even one in the
breezeway walk.  They have dug a large one at the root of an old
'Will Scarlet' shrub rose which is looking very poorly.  However, so far
they haven't bothered my Baptisia. That would be a sad loss, for it's
a lovely plant.  You have my sympathy.  I try filling the holes with used
kitty litter, but I'm not sure that helps - just makes me feel better.

In a message dated 5/3/2010 5:01:35 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil writes:

At my house this is, sadly, a common scenario but I doubt you have the
western pocket gopher where you are. Moles?


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Catharine Carpenter
Sent: Monday, May 03, 2010 1:09 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: [CHAT] A mystery...

Just came in from the back yard, and perusing my very overgrown
perennial bed (if I had the energy, I would dig up 2/3 of it... but I
digress...).  I have had a lovely Baptisia australis for at least 6
years, and I noticed that it was extending at an angle from the bed. A
closer look revealed that its root system had been completely severed
just below the crown. As I sadly removed the plant, I noticed a hole
at the bottom of the depression, about 3" in diameter. We have had
rain the past several days, so I did not want to investigate with my
shovel, but have any of you ever experienced something like this? Are
there any members of the Rodentia who enjoy feasting on Baptisia? ( I
suspect a rodent.)
Cathy, west central IL, z5b

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