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Proof That Deer Really Do Love Hosta

deer and Hosta

One of the most asked questions we get at the nursery is: “What plants are deer resistant?”  It is well known that deer love to munch on Hosta.They love it so much apparently, one mother decided to give birth early this morning amongst the hosta in my greenhouse.

deer backyardA little background now. For those of you that do not know, my husband and I had a wholesale nursery for about 27 years in Western Howard County.  While we no longer run it full time, my husband still grows many hostas and daylilies (another deer favorite) for Behnke’s. We are lucky to live near a large farm and behind us we planted a forest of pine trees many years ago.

Yes, we have deer and other wild life. We love watching them play each year and hold our breath when they cross the road to the farm. We shake our heads and, yes, sometimes curse when they eat our peas and destroy our corn. And then comes the never ending battle of, “will they eat the blooms on our daylilies and hosta before we can ship them?” We have worked out a way to handle that and, no, we do not shoot them. I tell people that we just put in plenty of extra vegetables so there is enough for everyone, but in reality I think they actually just like the vegetable garden better than the hostas. Easier access!

This morning while I was working on this story and thinking about writing about our old trees that we had to cut down this weekend, my husband called me to come quickly and bring the camera. There she was! A brand new baby fawn. He was watering and never noticed her till he was right next to her. He called me and together we watched as the mother watched us from off in the distance. Why she decided to have it there I will never know.

deer and hosta 2Maybe because of the storm yesterday, or the tractors plowing the farm field. Maybe she just liked the idea of a nice cool shady spot. After taking lots of photos because who knows if we will ever get that close to a brand new fawn, we walked back home… The hosta will have to wait to be watered until today so the mom can move her little one to the pine trees. I hope you enjoy this photo as much as I enjoyed taking it. Yes, deer can cause lots of damage but they can also bring joy.

PS: Mother deer had moved the little one by noon and they are both doing fine under the pine trees.

Posted By: Stephanie Fleming

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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  1. Stephanie, what an amazing moment for you guys! Something to remember for sure. I know deer are seen as pests by many gardeners, but animals embody so much of nature’s beauty. It feels like a real gift to be close to them.

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