Daylilies forum: gotcha!!!

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NW Indiana (Zone 5b)
josieskid
Mar 21, 2017 7:38 AM CST
I finally caught the raccoon that's been hell-bent on destroying my daylilies. It's the biggest one I've ever seen around here. The first night I set up the trap, something took the bait, but got away. Then, the next night, I caught a pretty little possum. I knew that was wrong, it was so delicate and clean. The creature doing this kind of damage had to be a veritable bulldozer.

I had the trail cam out there, but it was aimed too high on my sloping land. Something kept setting it off, though. I adjusted it again, so I might have some video now. I need to make sure of how many are involved.

I found a piece of what I think is Wild Horses, along with a bunch of roots without much of a crown. I brought it in and put it in a pot under the lights in the basement. Next to all the babies! After three days, It looks like it's gonna go ahead and die. There are three more daylily plants that are unaccounted for.

I tried to give this creature the beneļ¬t of time. Hoping it would get bored/hit by a car, whatever. At first, it was just rustling under and moving the mulch. That's bad enough, considering how carefully I placed that mulch, so the plants wouldn't get frost heaved. Then it decided it had to actually dig up the plants.

I'm sure there'll be another one coming along soon.
Name: Diana
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
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ShakespearesGarden
Mar 21, 2017 7:49 AM CST
Maybe we all need to grow a prolific, tasty, and cheap type for the wildlife. They can eat Stellas all day and we'd all still have our slow to expand, tasty, and expensive varieties.
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Mar 21, 2017 7:59 AM CST
@josieskid,
You might be surprised how much damage a possum can do in a daylily garden. I have caught a few in my trap. But the raccoon is without a doubt much more damaging and I just hope you don't get any of armadillos up in your part of the country. They are very destructive!
I once caught a possum hauled him 5 miles off, and within a few hours saw him walking back down my drive returning home. I was in total shock!
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Frillylily
Mar 21, 2017 11:40 AM CST
Larry, how do you know it was the same one? I bet they breed like rabbits and there were probably more of them around.

He didn't like that you hauled him away, he LIVES there ! Hilarious!
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Legalily
Mar 21, 2017 11:47 AM CST
I looked at my daylilies this weekend and the bunnies (I assumed) have been eating off the tops of the foliage. Last night when I came home after dark about 6 of them scattered across the lane! I would like to say I didn't swerve to try to hit them by I'd be lying Whistling Whistling Unfortunately they're pretty quick.
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Name: Diana
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
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ShakespearesGarden
Mar 21, 2017 12:09 PM CST
Hilarious! Ginny- those wascally wabbits!
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Mar 21, 2017 12:11 PM CST
@Frilly, I have lived here nearly 15 years. I have never seen two possums in a 24 hour period (unless mother and baby), and I have never seen one in the broad daylight (I was sitting on the back deck shortly after lunch). So yes, it is possible it was another possum, but I put the odds at almost "0". The possum was not just casually walking down my drive, he was walking directly to my garden. I tried my best to get a photo of him, I had my camera in my hand. But as I stated back when it first happened, I was so shocked it was like I had seen "Big Foot" and I was so rattled I could not get the shot.
Here is the only shot I managed to get of him scurrying back into the garden area past my shed.
Thumb of 2017-03-21/Seedfork/28ec41
Yes as you can tell, it resembles all the photos I have seen of "Big Foot"...very blurred!

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Frillylily
Mar 21, 2017 12:27 PM CST
well looks like you will have to put a blanket and some water out for her nodding
NW Indiana (Zone 5b)
josieskid
Mar 22, 2017 5:49 AM CST
Diana, I'm thinking you've never had this problem. The creature wasn't interested in the daylilies! It was going after my huge, beautiful earthworms. I mulch so much that I have lots of them. This has been such a crazy winter that the worms are all out working. If I had those crazy jumping worms, I wouldn't care!

Larry, I've done a lot of research about possum damage, and they can be a nuisance. But the sheer volume of soil/mud shoveled and slung in one night suggested raccoon. But, honestly, armadillos? Do they dig in the soil like a raccoon? I don't know anything about them, except that they're cute!

How does anyone get their hybridizing done having all of these pests around?
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Mar 22, 2017 6:10 AM CST
josieskid,
Raccoons are amateurs compared to Armadillos when it comes to digging and destruction!
I think we both have similar conditions that really lure the critters in for the worms. In my soft bog soil with so much organic matter the worms make an easy meal!
Name: Diana
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
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ShakespearesGarden
Mar 22, 2017 6:42 AM CST
Josieskid, luckily, I don't have much for critter problems in the garden. Rabbits mow down the broccoli and lettuces a bit but the worms appear to be safe. I lose all my peaches to coons every summer though.

Nothing messes with the Daylilies...yet...
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NW Indiana (Zone 5b)
josieskid
Mar 22, 2017 8:19 AM CST
Diana, if I were you, I'd seriously consider using Liquid Fence to get control of those rabbits. It's one happy miracle I've had around here. Don't just spray your vegetables, spray the perimeter of your land. I don't know what kind of vermin rabbits carry, but it feels good not to have to worry about it. I actually haven't seen a rabbit in years, because I've successfully trained them, and they always do the same thing in the same way.

Ditto for the deer. You might have an occasional one come by, that doesn't yet know the law of the land.

Also, spraying the perimeter takes less time, and product. Do this on a regular schedule, but extra if it rains or you're going away for any length of time. Diana, I promise you, this product will change your life!

The smell probably calls to raccoons and possums. They eat dead things, after all. Thankfully. Where would we be if they didn't?! But, I can't even imagine trying to protect peaches! Do you get to eat ANY? They're my favorite fruit. I stopped growing broccoli because of those little green worms all up in the heads. I was an organic gardener at the time, and could never get a handle on controlling them.

So, Larry, you have visitations from raccoons, possums, AND armadillos? I feel your pain.
Name: Diana
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
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ShakespearesGarden
Mar 22, 2017 9:58 AM CST
Josie, the bunnies only seem to bother little seedlings of broccoli. Once they've hit a certain size, the broccoli stems are too something for the rabbits. I've gotten great big heads in cool springs. I can't grow spinach to save my life though lol.

We are organic too, and I do get some broccoli worms- the kids love picking them off to feed to our pond fish. And nope, we haven't yet had a single ripe peach. Coons have snagged every last one... I lose tomatoes to the coons nibbling every year too. Dunno if it's the lack of water close by or they just can't remember that they tried and don't like tomatoes.

I don't mind what I've lost to the wild critters so far- if shtf, the local critter population can always become dinner... At least I know they're well and organically fed Big Grin
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NW Indiana (Zone 5b)
josieskid
Mar 25, 2017 5:47 AM CST
Diana, you have a wonderful attitude. I failed year after year with spinach (among other things), until the day I planted Malabar spinach. It took some getting used to, but I liked it! It's a beautiful plant to look at, too.

I was watering my seedlings yesterday, marveling at how large they've gotten. How adorable and happy they look. How can they have grown so well down there in that gloomy, unfinished basement? If they look this good now, I can just imagine them growing all summer in the garden. I can't wait! And then one day I get to see their first ever blooms! I can't remember the last time I was this excited about anything!

So much harm waiting for them out there. Thank God, I do not have armadillos!
NW Indiana (Zone 5b)
josieskid
Mar 25, 2017 5:49 AM CST
Meant to add that it's different with the parent plants. Very few of those can't be repurchased and replaced. Not so, with my babies.

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