Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: garden, nature

The last of the golden hostas in my backyard.
Great colors & textures to be covered with today’s predicted snowfall.

Categories: garden, nature

My condo backyard is a concrete courtyard. No soil. No dirt.
So I’ve had to create a garden oasis with potted plants… lots of hostas, bushes, flowers and trees I’ve gathered over the years… and of course, some rut pieces here & there!!!

But over the last couple weeks I’ve been seeing a new “resident” rabbit in the backyard. Every morning when I take my bike out, or water the plants, I keep seeing a small bunny hopping out from between the pots. At first I thought he was “cute.” A little slice of wildlife in our backyard. My next door neighbors have actually named him Monroe.

But now I see that this little varmint has started chewing on my plants!!! And I don’t like it!!! But to make it even worse, now it seems as though he’s making some “bedding” or just a beautiful “leaf carpet” around one of the pots??? So he’s not even eating the leaves… he’s just playing with them… just to taunt me even more!!!

Anyone have any suggestions on how I might be able to “encourage” Monroe to take up residence in someone else’s yard? Maybe some smelly flowers? Some pointy, prickly deterrents? Again, everything is on cement, so there’s really no way to stick in fencing. I don’t really want to wrap everything in chicken wire. But I also don’t want Monroe to chew off every leaf!!!

I’m open to suggestions!!!

 

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Categories: flowers, garden

Garden glamour. She’s awfully stunning in red.

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Categories: flowers, garden, nature

My favorite variegated hosta beginning to bloom in my backyard.

Categories: flowers, garden, nature

Started a little gloomy, but turned out to be a beautiful day
with some more beautiful flowers in the garden!

Categories: flowers, garden, nature, textures

Flowering kale providing beautiful Fall colors & textures.

Categories: flowers, garden, rusty

One last flower hanging on for another beautiful day.
Nice vine growing through the bench in my back garden.

Categories: flowers, garden, nature

Always good to see pollination in action… up close & personal.
Nature is pretty darn incredible.

Categories: flowers, garden

Another explosion of color on my back porch this morning.
Gotta love a good gerbera daisy!

Categories: flowers, garden

September is here and another plant has decided to start blooming in my backyard.
I love how geometric & precise this plant is. Working its way up from the bottom…
blooming in perfect proportions.