Roses forum: Let's see your garden helpers!

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Zone 9, Sunset Zone 9 (Zone 9b)
Roses
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Mustbnuts
Sep 5, 2018 11:54 AM CST
A brudoodle is me not knowing how to spell correctly!
Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
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Canadian_Rose
Sep 5, 2018 1:22 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Hilarious!
Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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nippstress
Sep 5, 2018 3:17 PM CST
Most of my garden "helpers" fall into the rodent or insect families, and most aren't pets in the traditional sense. The most persistent of these might be a resident squirrel that I've come to distinguish from the many that cruise through the yard. My daughter named this one Stanley until the season for pups rolled around and she was undeniably a "Stella". She mainly helps by planting acorns where you least want a new oak tree and by lightening my bird feeder by swinging from the bottom of the "squirrel-proof" feeder knocking all the seeds on the ground. Obviously she also provides a certain amount of comic relief to make up for her annoying qualities. Here she is at the top of the feeder I clearly filled for her benefit, chittering very loudly at me to warn me off and giving me a big ol' stink eye in the process.

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We also have some remarkably placid rabbits that won't shoo worth a darn given how many roses and vegetable tops there are around my yard to eat. Here's a closeup of one that seems totally unconcerned by me getting close (I love the variegated fur colors)

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I am enough of an enthusiastic gardener to not get at all freaked out by bugs, but I do rather dislike them in my hair (my neighbors' kids think it's funny when I start slapping my own head to get them off). This baby green spider on Carding Mill is not only attractive but such a helper in the garden to get rid of worthless critters like mosquitoes:

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Less beautiful perhaps but more intriguing is this huge praying mantis that was nearly as long as my forearm by the end of the season. Just think how many flies and mosquitoes it took to build THIS fine young helper!

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Of course bumblebees are good bugs and to my eye there's little cuter in the garden than a bumblebee butt enthusiastically wriggling in the pollen of a great rose like Sweet Fragrance.

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Not exactly a good bug, but I just think this leaf hopper is so cute!

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And if there are any unwelcome bugs in the garden, this mom and her babies do their part to help clean them out for me. Less welcome perhaps is the fact that I can't prune or even get near the roses the robins like to nest in for about 4 weeks in the spring, or I get dive bombed and screeched out of town by the mom and all her extended family.

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My only domesticated garden helpers are also rodents - two guinea pigs named Chocolate and Cannoli. They have been banned from the garden itself ever since we set out a small temporary fenced area on the lawn and they had so little self control that they ate themselves sick on grass. Still, they very loudly announce that they'd like those veggies or fruits or the peelings of that cucumber NOW. Amazing that people get so eager for the first home-grown tomato, but few people get equally enthusiastic about homegrown cucumbers. A good cuke is one you can smell being cut in the next room, and the guinea pigs pick up on that instantly. I don't have any photos on this particular drive, but they're cute and cut down on most of what I'd be composting out of my kitchen.

Cynthia
Zone 9, Sunset Zone 9 (Zone 9b)
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Mustbnuts
Sep 5, 2018 3:30 PM CST
Great pictures Cynthia. In case your preying mantis needs more food, I have plenty in my yard for him/her as well. Love the bunny and the baby birds. Squirrels, not so much since they eat all my figs before they are ripe.
Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
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Canadian_Rose
Sep 5, 2018 11:25 PM CST
Cynthia - wonderful critters!! I can't believe how HUGE that preying mantis is!! I've never seen one for real...they look so prehistoric and scary! My favorite is the bee butt!!! I love, love bees!!

Carol
Name: John
Helensville, New Zealand
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S124AB
Sep 6, 2018 4:16 AM CST
Keeping a look out for rose thieves....

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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
porkpal
Sep 6, 2018 6:35 AM CST
Very pretty kitty!
Porkpal
Zone 9, Sunset Zone 9 (Zone 9b)
Roses
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Mustbnuts
Sep 6, 2018 6:39 AM CST
Sweet beastie, John!
Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
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Canadian_Rose
Sep 6, 2018 11:22 AM CST
John - what an incredibly beautiful cat!! What color are her eyes? I'm guessing blue. You should get that picture framed and hang it in your house...it has roses and your wonderful cat!

Carol
Name: John
Helensville, New Zealand
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S124AB
Sep 6, 2018 1:29 PM CST
Canadian_Rose said:John - what an incredibly beautiful cat!! What color are her eyes? I'm guessing blue. You should get that picture framed and hang it in your house...it has roses and your wonderful cat!

Carol


Carol
That's Honey.
She's an Oriental Shorthair. They have green eyes, more brilliant green than a normal moggie.
They were a cross between a Siamese and a Russian Blue.
So essentially very similar to Siamese except eye color and coat. Sound the same, can be very friendly, very playful/active and need company. They must have a friend, ideally another Oriental/Siamese, as they hate being left on their own, and being a shorthair they will be all over you if they feel cold.
If you like them or want find out more, just google siamese or oriental shorthair and a suitable location near you. There are lots of breeders. If you've never had one, I suggest going to a cat show or visiting a breeder or two to seem them in the flesh. You need to love talking cats, otherwise you'll crazy......

This is with her friend Tsuki, a Siamese Blue Lynxpoint.
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Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
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Canadian_Rose
Sep 6, 2018 2:05 PM CST
They're beautiful ... of course they both have their eyes closed so I can't see their eyes.. Hilarious!
No, my daughter is extremely allergic to cats. At one point we were thinking of getting Russian cats...since they're hypoallergenic...but now with dogs...it wouldn't be feasible. But I can admire cats vicariously!! Big Grin

Carol
Name: Jim
Central Pa. (Zone 6a)
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jim1961
Sep 7, 2018 7:57 AM CST
Wonderful helper photos everyone! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

Here's our helpers:
Gracie:
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Cagney:
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Lacey:
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Lacey with a attitude after I asked her to help me deadhead the roses...lol
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Cagney & Lacey after a hard days work in the garden..lol
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
porkpal
Sep 7, 2018 10:54 AM CST
Gracie seems to know she is enhancing the Zinnias with her presence. Are Lacey and Cagney sisters?
Porkpal
Zone 9, Sunset Zone 9 (Zone 9b)
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Mustbnuts
Sep 7, 2018 1:06 PM CST
Jim, so good to see pictures of Gracie, Cagney and Lacey again! Great pictures and great garden!
Name: Jim
Central Pa. (Zone 6a)
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jim1961
Sep 7, 2018 1:06 PM CST
Yes they are sisters Porkpal...They will both be 16 years old in a couple of months.. Thanks!

Thanks Mustbe!
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Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
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Canadian_Rose
Sep 7, 2018 3:25 PM CST
Jim - I love that picture of Lacey complaining to you!! Your pets are lovely as usual. Lovey dubby

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