I had just returned from the vet with one of our bunnies, Ashley, and my husband met me at the van so he could carry her into the house for me. As he picked up Ashley he said, "did you see the cottontail over there?" motioning over his shoulder. "What?"i said in puzzlement. We have a lot of cottontails out here and seeing them is the norm. When I came around to the other side of the van I saw why he pointed this one out to me. We have had an especially severe summer and the herbs have succumbed to the heat one by one. I had only one oregano plant left and I placed a white plastic table over it to shield it from the sun. Much to my delight the bronze fennel I had lost a couple of weeks ago magically reappeared after the cool front came in the other day. It was so very tiny, maybe 1/2 inch tall. I placed a little red step stool over it and watered it lovingly, like I have the oregano. Oh well. I gladly offer up the shade to the little cottontail. He's very clever to find a shady cool spot like that. Who knows, the fennel might make another comeback.