Regular visitors will already know about the damage inflicted upon our garden by rabbits and deer. The usual presentation of these two species of horticultural vandal as 'cute and cuddly' infuriates me - almost as much as all this talk of a Plaid Cymru/ Labour Coalition must infuriate Huw Lewis of Labour and Gareth Jones of Plaid.
Anyway, I now know what it is that brings the local wildlife to look upon our garden as some sort of food festival. Its the echinaceas. According to today's Telegraph, echinaceas are a cure for the common cold as well as being a more general cure-all. Our garden is full of various sorts of Echinacea 'purpurea' and Echinacea 'White Swan' as well as several of the new types such as Echinacea 'Arts Pride'. I've been left with no alternative but to take action.
I have come up with a novel way to put the deer off - by simply leaving a radio blaring out all through the night amongst the borders. Ideally, the programme would feature Gordon Ramsey talking about the various ways venison can be cooked. There was a letter in the Telegraph from Julie Juniper of Lyme Regis today asking for advice about what to do about deer. I hope she reads my blog. The only real alternative is to shoot them - which is the remedy I've initiated to deal with the rabbits.
Rabbits are a real problem - especially since Smokey, our cat died last year. They treat our garden like an olympic village, which yesterday's Sunday Telegraph reported is normally such a rabid sex fest that lorry loads of condoms have to be shipped in to prevent the host nation being overwhelmed by STDs. I've asked a friend to visit at his leisure and shoot as many of them as he can - rabbits that is. I've put a price on the heads of my echinaceas. The bunnies will not have to pay this price if they go somewhere else to eat and breeed - even if it does mean they have to put up with runny noses. Life is all about choices. I wonder whether Plaid Cymru AMs like echinaceas - or are they all going to catch a cold.