Get out your deerstalker...
...grab your magnifying glass and a little notepad...
(You may even bring along a calabash if you desire - just don't blow the smoke anywhere near me!)
|Sold on Etsy here|
Raise one eyebrow and adopt a quizzical pose...
(If that's your idea of quizzical, you're not trying nearly hard enough!)
...for there is sleuthing to be done!
Take a look at my little violas...
Not very blooming, are they?
A distinct lack of colour to brighten the cool days. (Okay, we'll have to pretend about that at the moment!)
This is the only near-complete flower left...
There are about five like this...
And the rest are like this...
Lots of flowerheads, but all stripped of their petals...
Two culprits have been suggested.
Birds or woodlice.
(And by the way, seen scuttling away from the scene of the crime, were these two 'characters' (said with a Chicago accent)...
I nearly got close enough for a mug shot!
And I detect a certain purple-y red hue and the gargantuan proportions (for a woodlouse) may well come from having chomped its way through its 'share' of twenty-four burgundy and deep purple violas!
More circumstantial evidence:
- The wood pile is nearby.
- I have never, ever seen a bird on the wall.
- None of the plants look like they've been tugged at by birdy-beaks.
So are the woodlice guilty?
Or is it some night-time birdy thieves?
Whoever it is, what do I do about them?
Your detective skills would be much appreciated!