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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Mar 21, 2013 12:53 PM CST
Does anyone have any idea what might have caused the damage to my split rocks? They ere fine last night and today something has "bitten" off one of the blooms and put gouges in the 'royal flush'. The bloom was dropped about 5 feet from the plant stand. Thanks

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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Mar 21, 2013 3:56 PM CST
Bird peck or mice if looking for moisture? Is your plant stand high and metal in which case animals can't climb but birds and insects can land. Shrug!
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Mar 21, 2013 4:21 PM CST
That plant is sitting about 4 ft above the ground and yes the shelf is metal. I would be most suspect of birds as there are crape myrtles and beds and citrus to the right of there and this is a west facing area. Birds are in the arbor to the left also. Seems I need to move them to a better protected location...they were undisturbed on the south side of the house but I thought they required more than the 5 to 6 hours of direct sun they got there. We have birds of all sizes here from hummingbirds to hawks and owls and heron so no telling who may have found it tasty..

Thanks Bev.
Name: Arif Masud
Alpha Centauri (Zone 9a)
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KAMasud
Mar 27, 2013 8:45 PM CST
Bev, those look like the bite marks of some creature which has sharp front teeth together, sorry not the peck of a bird. A birds peck cannot be parallel. Now what has two projecting front teeth and can climb four feet with no problem? Cannot be a rabbit. If that had happened here I would have been on the look out for either rats or tree rats. Squirrels can be very naughty.
Regards,
Arif.

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