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A Bunny Garden

Once again it has been too long but once again I have a good excuse. I’ve been writing yet another book but this one is super exciting as it’s with a new publisher and it collects all the 2015 food columns and recipes I wrote for the Belgian newspaper glossy Sjiek. It will be out soon and with this I’m going to retire from book writing for a bit. I’m going to focus on home, blog and shop.

I want to tell you about my super cute rabbit, Whopper. He’s been with us for a year now and I’ve trained him to walk loose in the garden. The first year we used an iron gate to trap Whopper inside the walled garden but slowly we got sloppy and forgot to shut the gate so he started to follow us or our cat Moose around the not secured bit of our garden. Nowadays he just runs around our plot without any gates or walls, bless him for always staying close to either me or Moose. If I call Moose, Whopper will follow – it’s the cutest thing. At night I’ll catch him and he will stay in his hutch.

It’s cute and all to have a garden rabbit but it’s maintaining a bunny garden that’s quite tricky. As rabbits like to eat fresh green stuff it has been quite the challenge. Last year he ate all my Zinnias, he loved the flowers but not so much the stems. He also ate most of the grass leaving it to look horrible. What I’ve done this year is feeding him grains and hay when he’s out and putting willow fencing around my raised beds. It’s working, he’s leaving the sweat peas and beans alone.

We currently have a very poorly rabbit girl to stay with us, she’s been neglected by her previous owners and is basically waiting to be put down by our vet. “Basically waiting” as I’m not yet ready to let her go. She’s half paralysed from the waist and can’t clean her own bottom or walk properly, it’s rather a sorry sight. She seems so happy though trying to hop but she can’t really. Whopper and Moose look so lovingly after her. I feel so sorry for not rescuing her sooner, but alas, I was too late.

Most of the mucking out of the winter garden has been done and lots of green is starting to pop-up. The fruit trees start to blossom and lilacs are in the making. I have to start filling the empty raised beds and adding more willow hedging to keep Whopper out. There are days when I want to dress him in a bow tie or a little coat, he’s really the lord of the garden.

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  • Tineke
    11/04/2016 at 15:52

    Ik heb je gemist hoor! Heerlijk om weer inspiratie op te kunnen doen van je blog en instagram .

    • yvestown
      12/04/2016 at 18:25

      Goed om weer terug te zijn en dank je voor het blijven volgen x

  • Sof de Lyon
    11/04/2016 at 20:54

    I am so fond of you and your love for any living animal. Bravo Yvonne .❤️❤️❤️

    • yvestown
      12/04/2016 at 18:25

      Thank you so much! I’d love to be a farmer in my next life or when I retire.

  • Sonia
    27/04/2016 at 20:31

    Thanks for loving and looking after the rabbit girl in her last days…..