Successful Seeds: Good News Bad News

Bishop’s Flower (Ammi majus)

I have many plants that naturally reseed very well, but I do like to add others for a variety of blooms.

Classic butterfly on a Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

In this climate we plant most seeds in the fall, say a prayer and wait until spring.

I do this almost every year and most seeds do not grow to produce flowers.

Drummond Phlox (Phlox drummondii)

So, the good news is that many of the seeds I planted last fall grew and flowered.

The bad news is that I think I have figured out why the plants have not matured in the past. I have not seen a rabbit in my yard since early last spring and the rabbits are probably the reason that most of the seedlings never matured, as they are a tasty treat for rabbits. There is a virus killing rabbits in West Texas and I am concerned it has arrived here. Of course, I was never happy that rabbits ate so much of my garden, but I did make friends with several and they would come right up to me to be fed. It would be very sad if a virus was the reason for the lack of rabbits in my yard.

17 Comments on “Successful Seeds: Good News Bad News”

  1. shoreacres says:

    I certainly hope the virus hasn’t spread to our area. I have seen several articles about TP&Ws work to contain it, and I’ve heard callers on the Outdoors Show on radio talking about it, so at least there’s spreading awareness.

  2. Poor babies. It is worrisome that there is a virus killing rabbits because it will probably spread further into our country. I wonder if it affects other critters.

  3. Eliza Waters says:

    “In this climate we plant most seeds in the fall, say a prayer and wait until spring.” Loved this!

  4. Tina says:

    Awe, poor bunnies. It’s a mixed bag, of course–that’s how I feel about the squirrels. I’ve never had rabbits in this area, but plenty of folks have them and I know they can be a nuisance. Do you know what the virus is called?

    • It is Rabbit Hemorrhagic Virus 2 and is confirmed in West Texas. I can’t find anything about it here and most of my readers are not from this area. I will keep trying to get information. Maybe I’ll see a baby rabbit soon and all my plants eaten. The deer are doing well and ate everything in the front yard.

  5. pbmgarden says:

    The flowers are gorgeous.

  6. Chloris says:

    Do you have myxomatosis over there? It is a rabbit disease cruelly introduced here in the 1950s in a deliberate attempt to control the rabbit population. It is heart breaking to see the poor rabbits blind and suffering lingering deaths.

    • It is called Rabbit Hemorrhagic Virus 2. I cannot find any confirmed cases in my part of the state, but it is very odd not to have rabbits here. I am surrounded by woods and always have seed out that the rabbits love to eat.

  7. Well, it could also be bobcats or coyotes. Our rabbit population goes up and down with the predators. Or, maybe your seeds liked the freeze? The virus sounds awful.
    Love the Nigella, did not know it would grow that far south. I tried the Phlox one year, to no avail, too far south.

  8. Deb says:

    The golden waves are lovely! We have the tick weed coreopsis here ,while it can be somewhat invasive in a flowerbed..I still think it’s pretty.

  9. Oh, dear. I don’t like when they eat our vegetables or flowers either, but a virus would be a bad thing. Either that, or you have more local red fox than usual. Virus affecting humans, rabbits and hosta. Yikes.

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