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Garden Photo of the Day

Garden Photo of the Day

Katie's garden in Ohio, revisited

comments (25) July 3rd, 2013 in blogs
MichelleGervais Michelle Gervais, Senior Editor
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Photo: Courtesy of Katie Kagler

Wow, yesterday was a rollercoaster ride! I promised to bring it back down to human scale today, and I think today's garden does the trick. We visited Katie Kagler's garden in Hudson, Ohio, back in March (refresh your memory HERE), and we all fell in love with her cottagey- style plantings and patio. Today she's back to show us what's going on this year. Katie says, "So far this summer it has been all about rabbit control! The rabbits have eaten so many of my plants that it is just shocking. In some of the pictures you can see cages around the base of the plants. They have eaten five trollius plants to the ground, two clematis, three baptisa, turtlehead, liatrus, all my delphinium, phlox, bachelor buttons, four roses, etc. You name it! They started in on the two huge clematis on the garage wall and I caught that just in the nick of time and caged the bottom of them. They seem to feel that the store-bought rabbit spray and the homemade rabbit spray (cayenne and soap) are merely salad dressing. They ate my entire clematis plant on the arbor that was just about to bloom. It's coming back and I caged it, so there is hope! Plants are starting to come back, so we'll see what happens from here." My gosh, Katie, you cannot tell that you've been fighting an epic battle--the garden looks lush and gorgeous! Maybe your fellow GPODers have some tips for winning the war.... ***Katie sent in so many great photos that we'll be spending tomorrow in her garden, too. Stay tuned!***

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Comments (25)

Statues writes: I use to have the problem, but last year I found a product called "Rabbit Scam" I purchased it at a greenhouse in my area. I had no rabbits last year and I put the Rabbit Scam on my garden this year and no rabbits. The neighbor behind had a small village of rabbits under his shed, and they left my flowers alone. Just type in Rabbit Scam in your browser. Best of luck. Posted: 8:53 am on July 4th
tractor1 writes: cwheat000: The link
brings one to this notorious word definition argument ending quote:

Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

`When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, `it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’

`The question is,’ said Alice, `whether you can make words mean so many different things.’

`The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, `which is to be master — that’s all.’
Posted: 7:31 am on July 4th
cwheat000 writes: Tractor 1- where does that second link you offered lead you? I got to website but no specific article. Posted: 6:11 pm on July 3rd
NevadaSue writes: Your garden is so lush and beautiful. I really enjoyed all these looks into it and will look forward to tomorrow. The Hydrangea and Hostas are beautiful together and I love those Clematis. Wow, you have a done a terrific job nourishing your garden. Posted: 5:45 pm on July 3rd
tntreeman writes: tomato/ tomahto bottom line, i want to have drinks on that patio surrounded by all that flora Posted: 4:07 pm on July 3rd
tractor1 writes:

Aarchman07030: actuslly "chachka" is also correct, maybe more correct for my usage... you're spelling is says Michelle is a woman of little substance, just eye candy! LOL
https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/chachka

There are typically many renditions for *transliterations*, especiallay when translating from a non conforming alphabet (Hebrew). Besides, I'm playing the Humpty Dumpty card:
http://liberalvaluesblog.com/?p=1918

Posted: 1:44 pm on July 3rd
Nurserynotnordstroms writes: I love your beautiful gardens and the pair of happy little frogs put a smile on my face. We had one rabbit last year and i just saw him this morning. Hope we don't get anymore. Thanks for sharing your gardens again.
Posted: 1:09 pm on July 3rd
briandowns writes: Astilbe my heart!
Posted: 12:54 pm on July 3rd
GardenersWK writes: I love love your garden! Do you happen to have it open for public this summer? I missed to visit it when it was on tour! We like the same kind of the plants but yours is more matured and I can look at this pictures over and over for inspiration.
We have a cat now for two years. I agree with Greenthumblonde about cats! Our cat is an indoor/outdoor cat. She helped a lot with rabbits, voles, moles, mice and chipmunks. She brings them to us alive..in case any animals friend is reading this.
What is a tall purple flower behind the magenta and pink pot? Is it a starchy variety or a agastache? Posted: 11:30 am on July 3rd
Sheila_Schultz writes: The rabbits are no match for your determination, Katie. Good luck!!! Your gardens are a delight and definitely reflect all the time and love you put into them. Posted: 10:02 am on July 3rd
thevioletfern writes: I feel for you, Katie! This year I have a "herd" of rabbits. I can sit on my porch and watch at least four grazing on my lawn (and garden). Oh, there's one now! Not many vegetables have survived but the Black-eyed Susans needed to be thinned, anyhow. I have lost some annual vines like Morning Glory and Cypress. They have even nipped at the marigolds which they are supposed to hate! Anyway, your garden is still incredibly beautiful and will survive - obviously. Can't even tell that it is on the menu! Of course, those rabbits don't seem to eat any of the weeds, do they? Posted: 10:00 am on July 3rd
thevioletfern writes: I feel for you, Katie! This year I have a "herd" of rabbits. I can sit on my porch and watch at least four grazing on my lawn (and garden). Oh, there's one now! Not many vegetables have survived but the Black-eyed Susans needed to be thinned, anyhow. I have lost some annual vines like Morning Glory and Cypress. They have even nipped at the marigolds which they are supposed to hate! Anyway, your garden is still incredibly beautiful and will survive - obviously. Can't even tell that it is on the menu! Of course, those rabbits don't seem to eat any of the weeds, do they? Posted: 10:00 am on July 3rd
Annedean writes: I certainly hope our meek little New Jersey rabbits who don't do much more than nibble never meet your Ohio SuperRabbits! But in spite of them you have a beautiful and welcoming garden. Posted: 9:55 am on July 3rd
cwheat000 writes: Somehow I missed your garden the first time. I love this space. It looks like I could wander around for a long time looking at all the details. This is definitely a plant lovers garden. Your veggie garden and brick pathways( and the house) are wonderful. Good luck with your bunny battle. Vojt, you cracked me up this morning. Posted: 9:22 am on July 3rd
Aarchman07030 writes: OY--twice in as many days!

Since our fearless leader, Michelle, is obviously a shiksa from Connecticut, I'll have to speak up: Tractor1--it's spelled "tchotchkes".

Katie--the gardens look fab! Posted: 9:18 am on July 3rd
GrannyMay writes: Katie I love everything you have done, your garden has such a welcoming and happy feeling!

I used Plantskydd this spring when the rabbits seemed determined to nibble everything down to nubs. It is awful-smelling and awful-looking stuff, but it really DID work. The smell and look kind of go away over time, but the rabbits still leave those plants alone. And the deer have not even come back into my garden since I sprayed all the perimeter plants. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they don't get used to it over time. Posted: 9:01 am on July 3rd
greenthumblonde writes: Cats :) Posted: 8:04 am on July 3rd
JaneEliz writes: Katie, it looks wonderful despite your hungry rabbits! Snails and ground hogs here.. Do you know the names of the 2 gorgeous clematis on your patio? They better leave THOSE alone..or we'll all come armed (with carrots, of course!) Posted: 7:49 am on July 3rd
tractor1 writes: A real down home garden! Wonderful plants and fantastic chachkas; froggy gone a wooing, chicken little, etc. Thank you, Katie. Posted: 7:44 am on July 3rd
SueLHommedieu writes: Katie, your garden looks fabulous. I remember being impressed when it was on the Hudson Home and Garden Tour a few years ago and it is even better now! Posted: 7:14 am on July 3rd
meander1 writes: Grrr, about the hungry rabbits. I'd be tempted to don my Elmer Fudd hunting outfit and stomp about shouting, "Dwat that wabbit!" Seeing those positively glorious clematis damaged in any way would pretty much unhinge me.
You do a wonderful job with everything. Love the woodwork screen on your work table and your annual pots are like generous toppings of icing on cupcakes. Posted: 7:04 am on July 3rd
Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt writes: I think it would look wonderful from an airplane. Ooops. Wrong GPOD. :) It's great to see folks gardens in different seasons. Looks great despite the battle. I am particularly smitten with the heuchera flowers. Is that "paris"? Posted: 6:58 am on July 3rd
wGardens writes: Looks wonderful. Your perseverance paid off in a very big way. Posted: 6:48 am on July 3rd
briandowns writes: The quintessential home garden- loaded with texture, color and flower.Love the brick patio and coziness of it all; I want to sit and chat with an iced tea there, which is really what it's all about. Posted: 6:06 am on July 3rd
tntreeman writes: lush and beautiful as always and all those hostas! i think the rabbits drowned here with all the rain but i do have slugs the size of boxcars Posted: 4:17 am on July 3rd
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