Every morning and every night, for the most part, I carry out the same ritual. In the morning while I wait for the water to boil for my french press coffee, and evenings, no matter what time I get home, I open my back door, step onto my deck and take a stroll around my backyard. I check for vegetable and flower growth, water if necessary and look for the baby bunny who’s taken up residency here. I’ve seen a large rabbit in my neighbor’s yard, maybe the baby is her offspring.
At first, I’d catch a glimpse of a bunny’s behind diving under the deck whenever I went outside, but it must be comfortable with me now. As long as I keep a wide berth I can move around my deck and yard without disturbing its meal time. Yesterday, it looked right at me and continued eating the leaves of my purple Echinacea, which are on the verge of flowering. By the looks of its narrow stature and lower leaf absence the bunny has targeted one plant in particular. I wish he’d eat the weeds in my garden beds, save me the trouble of pulling them out, but they must not have as much flavor as my flowers.
Either the bunny hasn’t seen the pots of lettuce all around him, or he prefers another variety, because they’ve remained intact, uneaten. Lucky for me. Last night, I snipped the outer leaves of the red leaf, green leaf and red romaine lettuce and used it to make a salad for lunch today. The crisp leaves snapped when I tore them into smaller pieces. This is my second harvest, we had salad with dinner Wednesday night. Delicious. As long as the bunny keeps in compliance with the yard rules I’ll be harvesting lettuce all summer.