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Echinops (Echinops bannaticus 'taplow blue')

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Yes, it's unbelievable, but the rabbits have a go at this thorny Echinops!

16 Jul, 2011


Was just about to ask why the chicken wire Beattie, then I read your post. Not bother much by rabbits here, but will keep this in mind if ever they descend upon me :)

17 Jul, 2011


We've fenced quite a bit of the garden so the rabbits can't USUALLY get in Scottish. I did get a couple of babies inside the fence but managed to get rid of them one way or another. The medium sized tubes of chicken wire work to protect individual plants - best used for trees or shrubs to protect them til too big to be eaten to death.

Our bunnies have had a go at plants that I really didn't think would attract them, like Euphorbia and this one. And my Heuchera leaves are nibbled where they poke out of the wire!

17 Jul, 2011


This must be so dis-heartening for you Beattie, rabbits are so cuddly looking but what damage they cause:-(

24 Sep, 2011


I do sometimes wish I'd fenced more of the garden BA. My poor plants look a bit dismal in chicken wire tubes and the rabbits will have a go at so many of the things I plant there. :-( I tried fencing a whole flowerbed - it worked but it's a bit difficult to lean in and weed it. The plants grew out through the wire so it wasn't so obvious.

24 Sep, 2011


Is there no rabbit deterrent Beattie? I wonder how they manage in National Trust or other gardens open to the public ?

24 Sep, 2011


Lion poo is supposed to work, and keeping a fit and keen terrier.... Perhaps the NT gardens rely on fencing a large area and cattle grids.

24 Sep, 2011

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