Do cottontail rabbits deserve the ire of gardeners? After all, it is the gardener who puts out all those delectable posies. What’s a hungry rabbit to do?
This year, gardeners got some relief: all the groundhogs departed early, perhaps discouraged from bearing pups by the long, cold spring. Animals in the wild seem to know when it’s propitious to start a family, and when it’s not — an observation from an old friend, more attuned to such things than I.