Spring Heartbreak


This will be our third summer in this house. Every year we’ve planted new baby fruit trees, and lovingly nurtured them all through the scorching heat with daily watering and care. This last summer the neighbor’s rabbit escaped her measley, miserable confines and ran away to our backyard paradise. The neighbor eventually gave up on fetching her home, because she is really hard to catch. That was ok with me, and we fed her leftovers and greens from our kitchen. Zach even put up barriers to keep her from eating the baby trees. However, once the snow got deep enough, she just walked up to the trees and was able to nibble the bark off of anything she wanted. And she did.


15 fruit trees will be dead this year. Heirloom apricots, almonds, peaches, dwarves and standards, all gone. Only the cherry and apple remain untouched.

Zach caught the rabbit and tossed her over the fence, but has vowed that we will be eating rabbit stew if she dares to return.


Update: We caught the rabbit. And my big words about rabbit stew were useless against her cute bunnyness. Instead, I gave her to my brother-in-law, who said she could live in his yard, where all the trees are adults. Plus, he lives 10 miles away.

4 Responses to “Spring Heartbreak”

  1. 1 painted fish studio February 11, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    aaaaaaarrrrrrg! oh, i’d be so angry. i have a soft spot for animals, in fact, i rescued a bunny from an unhappy home, but once it started peeing all over my house, i was done with him. hope you’re able to start fresh with the trees soon.

  2. 2 Marian February 12, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Don’t they have some kind of repair tape for this at your local nursery? Seems I have heard of something–

  3. 3 Aimee February 14, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Oh what a naughty bunny, but oh so cute. The minute I saw your little hooligan I feel in love. We soon dubbed her Peter Bunny (we did find out about the missing male parts until later). Don’t worry, Peter Bunny has rectified her ways and is behaving accordingly by always eating her greens and only pooping in our kitchen. šŸ™‚

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