Rabbit Pressure On Oakleaf Hydrangeas - January 2024
I really do NOT like the dang rabbits that live in and around our yard and garden. I've done my best to protect against their damage, but I didn't do enough this Winter. With the snow melting, I took one VERY small walk through part of the garden to see how things have fared in the past month-or-so. I don't want to walk on the wet ground and didn't walk in any of the beds to avoid compaction.
But...from the edge of the beds, I was able to see some serious rabbit damage on a number of my Oakleaf Hydrangeas. Even on one that I wrapped in Chicken wire. What the heck!?!
Here's a few photos showing the rabbit pressure - and gnawing of the tips - on my SnowQueen and Alice Oakleaf Hydrangeas.
The problem is that these flowering shrubs bloom on old wood. That means...2024 will be a year of limited flowers. Bummer.
Weather-permitting, I'll go out and grab more photos. Coming up with a real plan on rabbits feels like a 2024 project. This aggression will not stand.