The menu…

The menu…

The menu was a salad of Hostas and Angel Wing begonias with a sprinkling of  Spiderwort, Toad lilies, Winecup.   Dessert was Delphinium with some Sunflower tops and, thank goodness, only one Rudbeckia bloom (they must not have been tasty).

Okay, so you’re thinking – WHY did she serve all of that?
Well, the deer USUALLY don’t bother things very often.  One thing here and there gets eaten.  
Well, even an old dog like me can learn, so, the salad bar is closed.
I’ll try to relocate the things I can move behind the fence, and hang the angel wing in a back yard tree.  
I’m having bad garden karma these days … is there any cure for that?  Some charm or potion or herb I can ingest to “right” myself?  
It was 100 yesterday and is predicted to hit 99 today, so I may just tire myself out for a break anyway.  Even more frustrating, since I’m hand watering for an hour every day right now!
On a BRIGHT note, I was delighted to find a new little sago palm frond growing up from an old seed that froze in the winter.    Love those little garden surprises.
By | 2016-04-14T02:45:13+00:00 June 2nd, 2008|Blog, deer, Sharing Nature's Garden|0 Comments

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  1. Gail June 2, 2008 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    You have a great attitude for one having to shut down the restaurant and move to a new location!S orry you are being bothered by the deer…here we are having chimunks dig and eat all my bulbs…there weren’t nuts last year…drought killed them all.
    Sigh….nature is bigger than us all.

  2. Annie in Austin June 2, 2008 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    I guess it’s the hot, dry, weather, Diana – with no moisture in the soil none of the wild plants are making any new leaves for the deer, but luckily for them, your plants are!

    I wonder if you put a clay saucer in with some expendable plants toward the edge of your property and keep it full of water while hitting the plants with the hose a few minutes each day would keep them away… maybe they’d prefer avoiding you humans if given a chance?

    Even without deer it’s pretty easy for a gardener to be depressed in Austin this week.

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  3. Diana June 2, 2008 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    Gail – HA! I do not have a good attitude, I am in fact. quite pissy. But there isn’t a thing I can do about it since I was the dum-dum that planted them there! Sorry about your chipmunks – is there any way to keep them away?

    Annie – I actually have a big metal dogbowl of water for them right on the septic field. I really think it’s because we mowed down that grass that they came right up to the door. Gotta take that up with my DH…And yes, you’re right, it is so hot and dry they must be miserable. You made me feel a little better knowing that I gave them a juicy dinner that they needed….

  4. Annie in Austin June 2, 2008 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    Diana, I used to swear at them at the other house, but then would take pity and pitch watermelon rinds, etc. down the hill behind us… a deer who has managed to flip a piece up so he’s wearing a watermelon toupee is quite a sight.


  5. Diana June 2, 2008 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    Annie – first you softened my heart and then you made me laugh out loud. I can’t imagine one with a watermelon toupee!

  6. Pam/Digging June 2, 2008 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    The heat wave and no rain is depressing enough. If I had deer munching my plants, I’d be a real grouch. I’m sorry about your plant losses.

  7. Diana June 2, 2008 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    Oh, Pam, I am SUCH a grouch! And the new glass top for our patio table shattered yesterday. It was 4 days old and the replacement for the one that shattered last week. Wind and umbrellas. But it’s never been a problem in the 5 years we’ve lived here. S’ok, I’m hauling my grouchy self to Houston for 4 days to a scrapbook convention with 3 girlfriends. I’m ready!

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