Squirrels have a yen for gazanias

Squirrels apparently have a thing for gazanias.

That’s what volunteers learned after they planted rows of the colorful flowers at the Welcome to Ramona monument at state Route 67 and Highland Valley Road several months ago.

John Degenfelder points to a gazania plant on the grounds of the Welcome to Ramona monument. Gazanias close to the road are thriving, as squirrels apparently don’t like the traffic, speculates Degenfelder. Sentinel photo/Maureen Robertson

“We can’t seem to beat ‘em, so we planted some ice plants,” said John Degenfelder, who spearheaded the monument project. “…We put three squirrel traps out, and they just crushed them.”

Even though the agile rodents cleared the ground OF gazanias near the monument, they left the ones closer to the road alone.

“The squirrels don’t seem to like the traffic,” Degenfelder commented as he pointed to the fledgling succulents that the squirrels aren’t bothering near the monument. “Closer to the monument, they just wiped us out. We have one box of gazanias left over, so we’ll fill them in closer to the road.”

It takes a great deal of volunteer work to keep the ground around the monument attractive year-round, and Degenfelder and his crew could use some help.

“We’re thankful for the volunteers,” said Degenfelder, listing the names of people who have donated time and money.

The monument, which is on county property, has been at the corner for five years.

“What’s funny about the whole thing is the first five years we were doing pretty good,” noted Degenfelder.

Anyone wishing to volunteer to help with upkeep of the monument grounds may contact Degenfelder at 760-789-1716.

—Maureen Robertson

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  5. County OK with two of three projects, says Degenfelder

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Posted by Maureen Robertson on Apr 1 2014. Filed under Country Living, Featured Story, News, Ramona. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

1 Comment for “Squirrels have a yen for gazanias”

  1. Joe Minervini

    Big John, as I call him, has worked so hard for his corner….Ramona's corner.
    We will have a work party on Sat. April 12, 9 a.m. to be pickin' weeds and cutting overgrown stuff. Maybe some can bring out some geraniums….I understand the squirrels don't like geraniums. Some have planted roses in wire baskets and maybe that'll work to keep the gophers away. Next, maybe other critters will show up to eat Ramona's corner…..point is, it takes some work. Please call big John and get on his volunteer list.

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