Tuesday, July 13, 2010
How much milkweed can a woodchuck chuck?
This was what the garden looked like in the middle of the recent drought. The bee-balm, creeping thyme, and native grasses held it all together.
But the down-side of a wildlife garden is that, well, it attracts wildlife!
Something is going to be eaten. This fellow is fat from eating my plants.
I had thought the damage to the milkweed tops was due to insects, or maybe a deer with an iron stomach.
The woodchuck bends the whole plant over to graze the top.
I watched him do the same to the bee-balm, but instead of eating the tops, he ate the leaves from the bottom of each stalk. And here I though they just shed their lower leaves naturally!
Nom nom nom nom.