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The Bird Seed Garden

Posted by mrssmythe on July 30, 2015 in Critters, Garden |

Last week, I finally got around to planting my window box. I found some impatiens on sale at the garden store, popped them into my container and thought I was good to go.

Imagine my surprise when, several days later, I noticed the window box looking nothing like what I remembered.

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The impatiens were looking straggly, and what was all that additional green stuff?

Where had that come from?

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Turns out the birds had been dumping quite a bit of birdseed out of the bird feeders. A good portion of it had landed in the window box, and, apparently, it doesn’t take very long for bird seed to germinate. If bird seed had been what I had been trying to grow, I would have been thrilled.

But, no. I’d been attempting to grow impatiens. And, the impatiens I’d planted were clearly distressed. What in the world had been happening to them?

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Squirrelly. Squirrelly had been happening to them. (Yes, we now call the squirrel “Squirrelly”.)

For about a week now, Squirrelly has been hanging out in the window box, using it as a launching pad or a resting place, depending on where the bird seed is.

The little rat.

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The above photo pretty much sums up what squirrelly thinks of my window box.

From the dining room table, getting ready to watch The Scarlet Pimpernel – the 1930’s version,

Mrs. Smythe

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2 Comments

  • Tea Lady says:

    Ha! I am sympathetic. My cats sit in my planters.

    • mrssmythe says:

      Ha! I can just imagine that. I think the only way around it would be to plant cacti in that window box – and even then, the squirrel might win.

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