No Time For Flower Gardens
For years when my husband and I had our wholesale nursery, we never had the time to put in flower gardens, much less beautiful shrubs, and other fun plants. But, once I started back at Behnke’s in 2007, I started bringing home plants, and he, of course, had a lot of different perennials he would grow and plant out left over from our nursery. Many were daylilies, including the variety ‘Stephanie Fleming,’ which my grandfather named after me.
Most Asked Question At Behnke’s
I know from helping at the front desk at Behnke’s that one of the most asked questions we would get was, “what do I do about the deer?” We have so many articles on “Deer Resistant Plants” and would recommend all sorts of “Deer Repellents” to keep those darling deer from munching on your beautiful garden.
How to Keep Deer Away
I would tell folks about simple things like garlic powder, human hair, and ivory soap. Even mentioning putting up a fishing line so they would bump into it and go a different way. But I never really got it. Sure we lost many plants and blooms each year, and last Fall, when a buck rubbed his horns and sat on my beautiful Crape Myrtle, breaking it down to the ground, I just told my husband it would come back.
This morning, however, took the cake. Those bad deer started two days ago on our daylilies along the fence. Okay, not the end of the world; we have more around our back yard close to the house. All will be fine! It was not!
My Beautiful Geranium
This morning my beautiful pink geranium that my husband overwintered and had looked so pretty in the flamingo holder was destroyed! They didn’t just eat the blooms; and they chowed down. Polite, as always, they did not tip it over at least. Following their path of destruction, our rosebush buds were gone, my beautiful hosta was their salad, and my daylilies were their main course.
I took a few photos of the back side of the flower bed where a few daylilies remained.The deer were no longer hungry. Sure that they will be gone in the morning. It is funny how the deer only eat certain things. My cone-flowers and lantana were not touched, nor was our Platycodon (Balloon Flower). At least not yet.
I need to buy some garlic powder or start cutting some Ivory Soap because enough is enough. They even chomped down on the poor little Crape Myrtle that returned from last year’s attempted murder.
Do We Put Up A Fence Or Not?
Now my husband wants to fence our yard. I don’t. I like the open look and do not want the expense of a fence. It is so discouraging to spend so much time tending your garden only to have it destroyed overnight. After last year and the deer eating all of our vegetables, we did not even put in our few tomatoes and peppers. I can’t get upset since Jon, my husband, does most of the work. But my geranium! Seriously they need to JUST STOP!!!
And to everyone I ever chatted with, I so feel your pain. Those deer just are not cute anymore.