How many of you, Garden Fanatics, Part-Time Dirt Grubbers or Cutting Garden Aficionados all, would voluntarily choose to host a rabbit in your gardens? No? ProfessorRoush suspects that any decent comprehensive poll of gardeners would overwhelmingly demonstrate their lack of interest in a resident rabbit or two, even accounting for the usual 80% of contacts that either slam the phone down or ask never to be called again, and for the 5-10% who answer in the affirmative in a misbegotten attempt to throw the poll numbers off. I don't know about you, but my response to any pollster who calls me at mealtimes or during my Sunday afternoon naps (which seems to be the only time these demons call), is to give them the most contrary answers I can think of. And then to place a curse on all their descendents.
One of my favorites, and most recent addition, is the "Long-Eared Rabbit", that I added last year. He stands in a refurbished bed of peonies and daylilies just off the back deck. I enjoy him there, but the tall ears make his center of gravity higher and he tends to topple over on really windy days.
I have several "inquisitive" rabbits, sitting on their hind haunches and curious about their surroundings. The tallest, at the left, is nearly two feet tall and hard to miss. I inherited that one from my father's garden about 5 years ago. Nearly as tall is the rabbit who peeks out from under a holly near the front door, always ready to thump out an alarm at the first site of intruders.
There are also a few more basic rabbits hidden here and there. If I ever host a large garden party again, I might just make finding each rabbit a scavenger hunt for any children at the event. On second thought, however, encouraging children to run madly around the garden is perhaps not a good plan.
You can even sit on the rabbits in my garden. This rabbit-themed bench sold itself at a single glance, providing a spot to rest and screening the pipe from a buried propane taken as it enters into the house. The two "legs" of the bench, are crouching rabbits, better seen from the sides than from the front.
Subconsciously and consciously, I hope that my collection of concrete rabbits is viewed by any LIVING representatives of the clan as either a cautionary tale (stay around this garden and the gardener will turn you into stone!) or as a sign that the neighborhood is overcrowded and they should move on. I'm about done collecting rabbits, however. I've been able to successfully resist the impulse to purchase several recent rabbit sightings. Any more hares in my garden and I'm afraid I might start having nightmares. Even now, sometimes, late at night, I wonder and worry that they'll start breeding and producing more little concrete bunnies in my garden. I'm not crazy; one can never be too careful around a bunch of rabbits.