This was the first year that we’ve been able to set out annual flowers along the front walkway of our new home. We decided to plant red begonias for a nice pop of color. Sadly, the plants look just as small now as when we first planted them in April, despite routine watering and fertilizing. We chalked up the poor performance to the thin layer of topsoil that the builder put on our lot.
By happenstance, I found out the true culprit when I glanced out my home office window yesterday. It’s MARTY! The little booger! I watched him happily munching away on the flowers and leaves, quite content in the fact that we unwittingly provided him a garden buffet this summer.
I quickly grabbed my camera while he was cooling off under the shade of our pint-sized Japanese maple. I got this picture of him, in-between bites, and applied an oil painting filter to the image.
Marty, you better get your fill while you can because this will be the last year that we plant begonias! You are so busted!