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I live in the country and rabbits are the thorn in my side. Although adorable, they play havoc in my garden. I have found a couple ways to keep those pesky critters from my flowers. First, I plant marigolds. They don’t like the smell. When I deadhead the marigolds, I sprinkle the seeds from the old flowers around the rest of my flower bed. Not only does it help keep the rabbits out, but I often get free-growing plants the next year.

I also put bright pinwheels in my flower beds. They seem to frighten the bunnies with their constant movement and add some colorful fun to the landscape. What tricks do you use to keep the critters away? (Humane answers only, please.)  Or tell me your favorite spring or summer flower.

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This Post Has 62 Comments
  1. Thank you so much for joining the Hop! That’s how I came across your site. I so so happy to have found a new author and books to read! I have subscribed to your newsletter now!! About to follow on Twitter too! Thanks again!!

  2. Ivory soap shavings seem to help keep critters away, as do my outdoor cats (ha!), but mostly I switched to container gardening with growboxes from Garden Patch, and now that the vegetables are up on my deck, the bunnies don’t seem brave enough to risk it. cchant86 @

  3. I am still a big newbie when it comes to planting , since I can only plant in my home of having no yard, I do enjoy it so much.

  4. When I had my garden I did not same thing with my marigolds. But I would also sprinkle soap shaving around the garden to. I had a fence around it to but the buggers find a way in. My favorite flowers are daisies and carnations. They are so bright and cheerful.

  5. I am enjoying all the recipes and tips on gardening. This is going to be a great hop to participate in.

    Judy Cox

  6. My favorite flower is red or white roses! Every 2 weeks I go to my local floral shop to buy a few stems. I like to have fresh flowers on the one table in my kitchen year round

  7. thank you for the chance. I appreciate the gardening tips… I wish I could have a garden. sadly, no dice, not with renting.

  8. Our dogs keep most of the wildlife away. To keep the dogs, chickens and ducks out of the veggie garden, I have a low string of electric fence that works really well.
    sienkiel1821 at yahoo dot com

  9. I don’t really have a garden so we let the rabbits come. I don’t have a favorite flower, either, because I love them all.
    (mybeach52 at yahoo dot com)

  10. My favorite flower is the lilac but sadly they do not grow here. Azaleas do well jere but don’t last long.I guess roses are the best ones for Spring here.I basically like all kinds of flowers.

  11. I have a lot of favorite flowers, but two new ones to me last year were seashell cosmos and mother of pearl poppy flowers I grew from seed. They were so beautiful and the bees loved them.

  12. Sorry if this comes through as two comments…it doesn’t look like my previous reply worked.

    I really loved the seashell cosmos and mother of pearl poppies I grew last summer. They’re on my list again this year. The bees went crazy over them too. 😉

  13. Bluebells are my favorite and mine have multiplied to three this year. I live deep in the woods so raccoons are a problem as are armadillos and opossums and various other weeble-like critters. I have cats and a dog who patrol the perimeter which takes care of most things. For bugs, I use companion plantings of marigolds and lavender when I can. A soapy spray of neem helps, too. Best of luck with your books.
    Sorchia’s Universe

  14. Apparently I don’t have any good tips on keeping the wild critters at bay…I see the deer have pruned more bushes out back!

    Happy Spring!

    sprocket 215 at g mail dot com

  15. Fortunately, no rabbits (except for one pet that came to visit us a couple of years ago, lol). I will have to try the pinwheels and see if that helps with the birds! Thanks for the giveaway!
    elewkf1 at yahoo dot com

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Bestselling and award-winning author Aubrey Wynne resides in the Midwest with her husband, dogs, horses, mule and barn cats. She is an elementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience, and author by night. Obsessions include history, travel, trail riding and all things Christmas.
Her short stories Merry Christmas, Henry and Pete’s Mighty Purty Privies won the Preditors & Editors Reader’s Choice in 2013 and 2014. Dante’s Gift, a holiday novella received the 2016 Golden Quill award and was a 2016 Maggie finalist.
Her upcoming series “A Vintage Romance” was inspired by tales of her stepfather, who served for the British Air Force in WWII. Wynne’s medieval fantasy series “Medieval Encounters” will launch in 2017 with Rolf’s Quest.

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