A Tale in My Garden

I spotted the rabbit hole in my garden, at the root of a tree, as seen above; it looked so proper and cute, framed with yarrow and a few volunteer violets, and I immediately thought of the beloved Beatrix Potter’s story “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”:

Once upon a time, there were four little Rabbits, and their names were — Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter. They lived with their Mother in a sand-bank, underneath the root of a very big fir tree.  “Now, my dears,” said old Mrs. Rabbit one morning, “you may go into the fields or down the lane, but don’t go into Mr. McGregor’s garden: your father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor.”

For a second, I was expecting to see one of the rabbits pop out of the hole wearing a blue jacket.  Then of course, I realized that they would be causing havoc in my vegetable garden if left to their own devices, as Peter did: “First he ate some lettuces and some French beans; and then he ate some radishes.  And then, feeling rather sick, he went to look for some parsley …”  Now, I am not much of a Mrs. McGregor, so I would never commit the iniquity of putting any of them in a pie as a rebate for their veggie thefts.  Instead, I decided to protect my new plantings with chicken wire, to prevent the whole crime from being perpetrated in the first place.  In the photos below, a couple of radishes (left) and carrots (right) may be seen safely sprouting under the wire, a beam of hope for the survival of my plantings:


I am joining Cee’s Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge, for May 12, 2022.

11 thoughts on “A Tale in My Garden

  1. Ah Yes! Today an image of Peter Rabbit. By June it’s the fussytailed varmint you plan to shoot. Max, the new garden patrol officer here at Xenia’s Imperial Garden is already on the watch for the invaders.

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  2. I used to have pet rabbits and they had a whole lawn to eat but would make straight for the strawberry plants. They were also known to climb apple trees and Christmas trees to have a nibble.

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