All Things Gardening forum: Astilbe Bulbs question

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Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
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freedombel
Apr 2, 2015 9:29 AM CST
Are Astilbe Bulbs one of the bulbs that squirrels will dig up? I will be planting them soon and squirrels
do hang out in that part of the yard and I cannot find any info on the web about squirrels with this
particular type of bulb. Thanks!
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Apr 2, 2015 9:40 AM CST
Astilbe are not bulbs. They are "rhizomatous flowering plants". Our squirrels have never bothered with them, ever.
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Apr 2, 2015 10:02 AM CST
I planted several of the little swiveled up dried looking plants last year, only two have returned so far, but the squirrels did not bother them at all (I have a huge squirrel population).
Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
Always room to plant one more!
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freedombel
Apr 2, 2015 10:05 AM CST
Thanks for the replies. I will plant them and likely buy some from the nursery this spring already bloomed because I
just love these beautiful plants.
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Apr 2, 2015 10:43 AM CST
Between chipmunks and squirrels, some critters like digging in newly disturbed soil. You could sprinkle some cayenne pepper around your new babies until they get settled in. I have issues with the critters after planting in the spring. They're not eating plants so I think they're looking for something else.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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pirl
Apr 2, 2015 11:54 AM CST
You're right - it's the nice soft soil that probably entices them.
Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
Always room to plant one more!
Cat Lover Birds Region: Nebraska Butterflies Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Level 1
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freedombel
Apr 4, 2015 8:05 AM CST
Besides the birds I feed the squirrels, I nailed a feeder to the tree and keep it filled with peanuts, walnuts and a
occasional peanut butter sandwich, and I have never ever had a problem with them at my bird feeders, and I
think it is because I feed them well, so hopefully anything I plant they leave alone, but if I do plant something I
think they will mess with I will MAYBE use some cayenne pepper....I have 2 dogs that go in the yard.
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Apr 4, 2015 8:25 AM CST
Peanuts, walnuts and peanut butter sandwiches...do you have trouble with people invading your yard? Drooling
Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
Always room to plant one more!
Cat Lover Birds Region: Nebraska Butterflies Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Level 1
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freedombel
Apr 4, 2015 9:25 AM CST
Seedfork said:Peanuts, walnuts and peanut butter sandwiches...do you have trouble with people invading your yard? Drooling

Rolling on the floor laughing but I have scolded my husband when he sees a bag of peanuts and I tell him it is not for him.

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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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pirl
Apr 4, 2015 9:44 AM CST
Sounds like it won't be too long before your husband and the squirrel sit outside together eating peanuts together!
Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
Always room to plant one more!
Cat Lover Birds Region: Nebraska Butterflies Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Level 1
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freedombel
Apr 4, 2015 4:00 PM CST
One of the funniest things I saw was the spring where a squirrel got hold of a round butchers bone my dogs had laying around,
and all spring and summer we saw that squirrel carrying that bone around, like it was a prized possession! Just like leaving
home and making sure you have your wallet or purse! Rolling on the floor laughing
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