Don't be fooled. Inside this thin coating of sweetness is a fiery core of total insanity.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Evidence of Raccoons

Unfortunately, despite the fact that the stream turns off every night and comes back on in the morning, the raccoons are back. Well, at least one we know of for certain. He/She (I think it's probably a she) hasn't done much damage to the garden (yet), but that may be just because she hasn't brought her entire family along for a visit.

I found a few pieces of this 'Blue Spruce' Sedum, which is planted at the top of the waterfall, floating in the stream

I planted this 'Blue Spruce' Sedum at the top of the waterfall earlier this spring, hoping it will eventually obscure the plastic. I've also found a handful of rocks that have been knocked into the weir.

I've also found lots of shredded water hyacinth, which I planted in the streambed for the first time this year. I think she has been rooting around in it, looking for snails.

The water hyacinth has multiplied quite a bit, but so far no sign of flowers. I hope she leaves it alone.

I found this on the back "lawn." All those bits and pieces are made of feathers, fibers and dried moss, which makes me think it was a bird's nest that she knocked out of a tree and tore apart.
One of the larger chunks -- but no sign of eggs or baby birds

And here is the best evidence yet that the raccoons have returned -- a video taken by my son when he visited a couple of weekends ago. There was a lot of speculation at the time that it was Rocket from Guardians of the Galaxy, looking for Groot.

Groot, out in my garden, sitting on the recycled concrete wall. I made him from a castor bean root, and posted about creating him here.


  1. Groot, on guard, doesn't seem to be helping with the raccoon problem. We recently saw a mother with three kits strolling in our garden in broad daylight. They are beginning to be ruinous again, ripping up the lawn and "playing" in the plantings and the birdbaths. Grrr.

  2. Ugh, I'm sorry. Hopefully she didn't find anything that makes her want to return.

  3. Great video of the raccoon in your stream, although I jumped when Rocket made an appearance! Your Groot is very cute.

    I'm trying to see the raccoons as just curious and not intentionally destructive - the semi-ripe grapes along the fence seem to be pulling them into our garden on a routine basis again. My husband saw one tumble down the fence while he was enjoying the spa - he clapped his hands in an effort to send it packing but it simply walked over, stretched up, and looked over the edge of the spa at my husband.

  4. They have been on the wane here , but even when they were around I never saw and garden damage. They've wandered into my house a couple of times looking for cat food so I have to keep the door closed after dark now.

  5. They're cute but so destructive. Loved your video, especially the surprise ending. Hopefully she doesn't return to wreak havoc.

  6. Great video. Raccoons are evil. Love your stream.


Gardening is a solitary activity. But blogging about it is a social phenomenon! I don't make money from my blog by advertising, or use it to drive customers to a business. If you liked my post, or my writing or photography, or even just one picture or turn of phrase, I'd love to hear from you. That's how I get paid.