“Poppy Day” & Gophers

by Lorraine on February 26, 2010

Okay, lets start with the good news in that the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers & Native Plants will be having their annual Poppy Day Spring Festival & Plant sale.

It just seems like the other day that they had it but here we are again, another year has flown by (where do they go?) and this fun event is just around the corner and happening on March 27th. at the nursery in Sun Valley, CA   You may call them for details at 818-768-1802 or go to their web site http://theodorepayne.org

Now the gopher issue.   I put my native plants in about 2 and a half years ago and I have never had any problems with gophers until this year.  In the last couple of months these buggers have turned up in the garden.

I’ve tried the cat piss clumps…didn’t work and then just prayed that they would go away.   Yeah, don’t laugh but that’s what I did.   The main attraction seems to be the CA Poppies which apparently are like candy to them.

It’s been very frustrating to see a Poppy look “poopy” only to discover that it no longer has a root.   The good news is that the first gopher and the newest arrival are not damaging any other of my plants because the are established.

But I am concerned about the wildflower seedlings and my bulbs that are just sprouting.  I will be really angry if they ruin them, especially since my garden is to be featured on two garden tours this Spring.

You would think that one of my four dopey cats would take them out but nooooo.   They are not interested.   However they do seem to like the lizards way too much which makes me annoyed and I have to pay attention to what they are up to on the few occasions that they are in the garden.   Otherwise a lizard might get caught by one of the cats.

What to do?

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1 Kathy Vilim 02.27.10 at 5:24 pm

I gopher proof beds I plant in with chicken wire. It works great! But with natives here & there, you might not want to take the trouble of making the small basket. If not, then I’d recommend either planting daffodils, which they hate, next to your plant. Or, getting a trap & catching them to release into the wild. I don’t like to trap but a friend had great success with this. Once she trapped the first gopher, other gophers seemed to get “the word” and she was good after that. Try the gopher proofing first.

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