Yes, I'm going to talk about the squirrel again. Really it's squirrels, plural, as I'm not just talking about the squirrel in my community garden (let's call him RS for resident squirrel) but squirrels in general. What is up with them (in L.A., at least)? Not only has RS become so brazen that one day he stayed and had a chat with me while I was trying to shoo him out of my garden but twice in recent weeks squirrels have come onto tennis courts where I was playing, walked right up to us and wouldn't leave until we chased them.
Then yesterday I discovered that RS had eaten my Marina di Chioggia squash. If you know the Marina di Chioggia, it has an exceptionally thick skin and RS actually bit in and ate a whole chunk out of the middle. Another gardener told me she found acorns in her newly amended soil. Then together we discovered big chunks out of squash in other gardens. My garden is still in the summer-fall transition but I do have one beautiful Hokkaido watermelon growing. So...what to do? Well, I was given two crows recently as a garden gift and decided that they would become the protector of the Hokkaido (above right). Whaddya think? They look scary, right? Scary enough to scare of a squirrel?
In other garden news, check out the mums - amazing, right? These started as a small plant given to me for my birthday a year ago and grew and grew and grew and just recently all bloomed at once, along with my Royal Amethyst roses and the cosmos. It's a pretty spectacular explosion of color -- and a nice way to keep the garden looking festive and attractive during this transition time in the fall.