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cybercrone
Toronto,, ON
(Zone 6a)

June 20, 2011
9:43 AM

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Hi Todd:

I have a great deal of shade and except for a very, very few spots can't plant anything as there is a fine network of tough tree roots about an inch under the surface.

I have tried in those spots to plant woodland flowers - violets, dog-toothed violets, May apples, Jack-in-the pulpit, trillium and so on, but for the most part, the squirrels pull them out. I'm going broke replacing trillium - I really want some. The squirrels haven't seemed to bother the violets or the May apple, but the rest are toast every year.

What I need to find are some shade and woodland flowers I can plant in the fall under the leaves as seed. If something just grows there, for some reason the squirrels leave it alone - they just dig out what I just planted. Wish they'd take on all those hundreds of sprouting maple keys . . .

Do you have any ideas?
Thank you kindly . . .
~marilyn

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