I recently (5 wks ago) planted a few more (white)coneflower from small plants. I fertilized them and watched them develop nicely. Before long one very large flower with equally large center opened on one of the plants, and I was enjoying it out my kitchen window for several weeks. We got some heavy rain which was a relief as I believed it would help the bloom stay fresh a bit longer as we move into fall. Well, two mornings ago, the bloom was GONE! from the top of the stem ...it look broken, not a clean cut as rabbits usually do. It sits a bit low to the ground. no trace of petals or the head anywhere. We do have rabbits around and they have eaten on some of my pink coneflower plants, but usually go for the new shoots....and leave the damaged stems and flowers on the ground. So, I suspect it was a neighbor who helped themselves to my single white bloom.
It was very eye-grabbing with a diameter of about 4 inches. Why would a rabbit carry it off? Am I right or wrong. Do I have a flower thief in the neighborhood, or was it Peter rabbit. Any thoughts? I'm really disgusted!! Thanks.