Take 6 divine little apple buds, tenderly formed and full of promise…
Add 1 chomp by a woodland hoodlum…
And you get zero apples. See, 6 + 1 = 0. Strange but true.
You might remember from Miss Crabapple’s biology class that buds turn into blossoms, and blossoms bring forth fruit. If a branch gets “nipped in the bud,” bye bye fruit pie. Luckily the neighborhood ne’er-do-wells have left plenty of buds, so it won’t be long til we’re sending out fresh crop alerts!
Each of the apple trees below was damaged by a different critter — mouse, rabbit, or deer. Which was which?
1. An impressive clean cut, perfect and planar like a saw blade…
2. Jagged and stringy, as if stripped like honeysuckle…
3. Just plain dead, no nutrients getting through…
(Remember xylem and phloem — more on those another day.)
Which was by mouse? rabbit? deer?
And the answers are…
Thank you all for playing!