Floppy Annabelles and little visitors

Lazy Annabelle

When you have record rainfall, even self-staking can’t keep the Annabelle hydrangeas upright! The self-staking (cutting the outer ring of stems in half in May, per my garden guru Kim) did keep them looking good much longer, but the huge flowerheads plus the unending rain finally knocked them down.

Raccoons on the roof

The waterlily is still getting disturbed on a regular basis.  We think we’ve found the culprits: after wrestling and eating crabapples on our porch roof, these baby raccoons met up with an adult raccoon who showed them around the pond.  The adults aren’t so cute because they’re huge, but the babies are awfully sweet (although they provoke some severe agitation among our cats).  I’ll have things straightened out for the pond tour on Sunday, so please stop by if you are in the area!


5 responses to this post.

  1. Okay, baby racoons are cute. Baby ones, not their parents — the 75lb species of raccoons we have here in Chicago!

    I just picture them , “Now here’s the pond where we can cool off in …”


  2. Posted by lakechicagoshores on July 17, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Cooling off – heck, they’re getting dinner! Pickerel weed and the occasional goldfish appear to have been served over the past couple of months. The babies are really adorable to watch, though.


  3. The Annabelles are still pretty in their prostrate state.

    Those babies are adorable. Too bad the adults are so destructive.

    Best wishes with the pond tour!


  4. We have had very little rain. I do like baby raccoons but the adult ones unnerve me somewhat. They’re ornery!


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