By Sharon Parker
One spring evening when hubby and I were visiting the park on Nicollet Island, we noticed some rabbits on the lawn leaping into the air like so many jack(rabbit)s in boxes. I don't think it was March (it didn't used to be so springlike in March around here), but it did bring to mind the expression "mad as a March hare."
|Alice in Wonderland Earrings by XOHandworks|
|Glass rabbit suncatcher from Western Art Glass|
|Weighted blanket by Sugar and Spice, for children with sensory processing issues.|
|Easter bunny onesies by Bethie Ann Baby|
|Women's T-shirt featuring a French hare, from Suz and Roo.|
The other one is the snowshoe hare, which lives in coniferous forests in the northern part of the state, throughout much of Canada and even in Alaska. Smaller than the jackrabbit, they are about 20 inches long and weigh only 3 pounds.
|Small white bunny dish by Kelly Newcomer|
Both of our native hares turn white in winter and brown in summer.
|Bunny art print by Kept Fresh|
|Zipper pulls by Relaine|
Its natural habitat consists of areas with shrubs and some trees, like most urban and suburban yards. You already know that it likes to eat green plants in summer and the bark of your favorite shrubs and sapling trees in winter, but did you realize that includes dandelions, plantain, clover, and other lawn weeds if they can find them?
|Funny birthday card from Plays Nicely With Paper|
|Bunny earrings from Deeder the Beader|
I figure they nibble their way across the lawn to get to the gardens, but by the time they reach the beds, they're too full to climb over the boards. Why bother when there are such easy pickings all around you? So there's a free gardening tip for you.
|Bunny baby hat from Anchored Hope|
|Socks made of angora rabbit hair and wool, from MN Custom Woolens|