Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall

Another sharp frost but with glorious blue skies again made it a raw day, not conducive to carrying out tasks in the garden but nonetheless appropriate conditions for this time of year. I showed willing by quickly pruning sideshoots of most of the climbing roses before wrapping the dahlia tubers up for the winter, a job I meant to get done before the frosts arrived. Moving the latter to the smaller greenhouse (which will always be the warmer of the two) I suddenly noticed a large pile of soil under the staging:

IMG_3719I am guessing this is courtesy of a local rat as they do tend to pop up in parts of the garden, but there was no sign of any hole on the surface either in the greenhouse or the surrounding area so it seems that his excavation was in vain and all he had to show for his troubles would have been a sore head from banging it against the brick floor of the greenhouse.

Unlike some bloggers we don’t have a great deal of trouble with four legged critters, although seed labels and no doubt a few snowdrops have disappeared down rat holes in the woodland edge border, and one of our neighbourly squirrels leaves hazel shells and smaller holes here and there. I suspect the squirrel was also responsible for the holes I found in the hedge border last month, which probably involved removal of recently planted crocus bulbs rather than the depositing of hazel nuts – grrrr!


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12 Responses to Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall

  1. Visiting rats? Okay, I’m creeped out. But, I guess they aren’t that much different from the numerous chipmunks and squirrels that are everywhere here. 🙂

  2. johnvic8 says:

    And the battle goes on…on both sides of the Atlantic.

  3. Cathy says:

    And we are currently worrying where our resident moles are headed… one makes hills in a straight line in an unimportant area, one seems to have a small area he sticks to that I can accept too, but the latest one to arrive is a threat to my spring bed and the lawn!

    • Cathy says:

      We have only once had mole evidence here once but I have a friend who has moles with distinctly different patterns, just like you do – your latest one seems like one you could do without…;)

  4. Kris P says:

    I sympathize. Nature, in the form of furry critters, does seem to insist on inserting its will in the garden.

  5. Pauline says:

    I’d like to know who or what is putting empty snail shells neatly in one empty flower pot in our greenhouse! I must write it a thank you note!! It’s amazing what comes and goes in our gardens, unknown to us. Hope your rat got a headache!

    • Cathy says:

      How curious about your snail shells! We have a pile of empty hazel nut shells in the fruit cage, presumably thanks to a squirrel but he can’t have got inside so presumably sits in the same spot on the roof of the cage and nibbles the nuts…

  6. Christina says:

    I have moles that burrow under my greenhouse, yours could be the same thing maybe?

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