I grow several annual poppies that self-seed around the garden. Since I want them to return each year, I leave the pods in place so that the seeds mature and will fall back onto the soil. But last year most of the poppy pods were stolen, seemingly overnight. I’d previously noticed a couple of poppy stalks shaking, and caught a chipmunk snapping one off and happily nibbling at the seeds inside. Silly me…I thought it was cute.
Two or three days later there wasn’t a poppy pod left. No bread poppy, corn poppy or California poppy seed pod remained. It was the chipmunks….aka, “Those bastards!”
So this year when I watched a chipmunk actually jump up into a daylily flower so he (she?) could get closer to a poppy pod, I knew I needed to fight back.
I bring you Gardener Vs Chipmunk: Round 1