First off thanks everyone for trying to help solve this problem...
@Penny...Thank goodness that little nasty hasn't reared it's ugly head in my garden yet! I'll take this problem over that one any day & I'm sorry that you have to deal with it!
@caro...Thanks Caro, that's a great idea & one I've implemented already for some vulnerable plants. I made my own out of heavy gauge wire fence that I cut with bolt cutters & rolled the cut pieces into round 'cages'. A Deer ate one of my Rose Bushes into the ground one year & it keeps trying to come back so I caged it to protect it. Also the Deer like to eat my Toad Lillies & I cage them also. Last year I bought a little Red Mulberry tree off ebay & it was doing OK until a Blue Jay tried to land on it & snapped it in two, leaving about a 4" stump so I caged it also & lo & behold this Spring a shoot has popped out! The problem with the Irises is there's probably over a hundred spread out in three big areas so with the culprit picking random areas to strike I have no idea where to put the cages. I have Deer, Squirrel & Rabbit repellant & have applied it by the specific Irises I want to bloom, so far it seems to be working.
@Patti...I do have a nutcase neighbor but she does not leave her house & I have an impenetrable border between her house & me, she would have to go out in the street to get to my place. I do not believe she would attempt this even if she could come on my property... What is even more crazy is that Pam just called her by name. Yikes!!!
@Pam...LOL @ your tubby Cocker!!
We had a slew of Rabbits last year after a long blight but I think there's a Fox in the woods behind my house that ate them. I know there's a Coyote up at the farm because my farmer friend told me that is why there are eight deer in the woods behind my house now & I am going through Liquid Fence like there's no tomorrow. Maybe the Coyote will follow but he said if he sees it again he will shoot it because of safety concerns.
My cuckoo neighbor's name is Paula?????
USDA zone 7a