My chickens appreciate being let out into the backyard to snatch up nasty bugs that might harm my beautiful plants.
They do NOT EAT/KILL/DESTROY all of my beautiful, backyard plants that I have labored over and cared for all summer long.
My chickens do not girdle the trunk of the lovely "Snow Crab" Tree that I have been nursing back to health after some, nasty, woolly creature girdled it this Spring!
They don't leave piles of black dirt all over the patio, where potted plants of lush, Geraniums and colorful Mums once stood.
Can you guess what I came home from work to at 11 o'clock last night???
The first clue was "raisins" on the floor in the garage that I noticed while feeding the dogs. I had left the dogs outside with the door from the (attached) garage open to the backyard so they could go out when ever they want. As I was setting down the dog food, I noticed the little, dark, raisins, scattered about the floor in the garage. Oh-oh. Sure enough. I turned on the back light and stepped out onto the patio. Over turned pots were every where. Bye-bye Geraniums who had made a third and final comeback and were just beginning to flower. So long to the 5 gorgeous, rust colored Mum plants that I had just purchased last weekend and hadn't even had time to plant yet. See you next year Hostas, Daylillies, Clematis, Daisies, Purple Cone Flowers, Irises. The only thing left are the Impatience (which they NEVER touch, so obviously do not like!),Rosemary and Thyme. Oh, and my "Zone 4 Hardy" Hibiscus and Lavender plants! I SWEAR, I would have killed the sheep if they'd ate them too!
So, my beautiful backyard is done for this year. I'm afraid, my lovely Snow Crab tree is done ~ for good. :-(
I'll probably buy a new one next year. Hope springs eternal, ya know.
It's my own fault. Once again, I obviously failed to chain the gate shut. It closes automatically but can be pushed open easily if the chain's not on. I guess I forgot to chain it when I cam in from sitting with the
As angry as I am at the sheep (and at myself), I am SO grateful to my DOGS! Sadie (a Treeing Walker Coonhound ~ that's a HUNTING breed folks!) and Bella (English Shepherd) were in the garage and yard WITH the sheep. As much as I would have appreciated it if they would have chased the sheep back into the pasture, I'm so grateful that they didn't ATTACK them! It could have been SO much worse....
Counting my blessings (but still mad at my sheep!) in the Bluff Country...