Foil unscrupulous squirrels by planting daffodils

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Have you gone out to your garden in the fall or spring, only to find a half-chewed tulip bulb that’s been dug up and carelessly cast aside? Do you have tulips sprouting in places where you never even planted a bulb? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, chances are you were the victim of an inconsiderate squirrel. 

The good news is, squirrels don’t like daffodils. They can’t stand ’em. Apparently daffodils simply don’t taste good like a sweet, juicy tulip bulb does. I have some daffodils that come up every year in one of my gardens, but last fall, I decided to choose some more interesting varieties. I ordered them from Gardenimport, which sadly shuttered its business this past year. I planted ‘Ice Follies’ (shown below), which has a frilly yellow centre framed by white blooms; ‘Thalia’, which are more delicate and white; and ‘Pink Wonder’, which has frilly pink ruffles in its centre. All of these grew along my front bed without any interference from the squirrels. I haven’t tried this, but if you do want to plant tulip bulbs, you might be able to protect them by surrounding them with daffodils.

Do you have any tips for keeping fall bulbs safe?

'Ice Follies' daffodil

‘Ice Follies’ daffodil

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5 Responses to Foil unscrupulous squirrels by planting daffodils

  1. glenn scialdoni says:

    Where can I get Pink Wonder and Ice Follies, I live in NJ.

  2. Marilyn says:

    I have had success keeping squirrels from digging up tulip and crocus bulbs by covering the area where they were planted with hardware cloth. I use the one with 1/2″ holes. Cut a piece about 6″ larger in each dimension than the area planted, put it over the soil, then mulch on top so it will look good. The plants will come right up through the holes.

  3. Tricia Brown says:

    I’ve also had nasty problems with squirrels here in Florida and finally decided to sprinkle some cayenne pepper from the kitchen around the plant and all the squirrels in my area left them alone. Now I have many, many bulbs and need to transplant…

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