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Another Plan of Attack


Monday, May 13, 2013

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You might be asking what is this picture, and why? My favorite flowers, after hydrangeas, are tulips. Apparently, they are also the favorite flowers of deer. I planted over 50 bulbs in the fall and waited anxiously for spring. Apparently, they don't like daffodils, since those were not touched! So, I was thinking today, would it be smart to order more tulips? Not really! What would be the point, since the same thing will happen again. My flowers are sort of a metaphor for my previous life. I kept doing the same thing, thinking something was going to change. Now, I have accepted the fact that things needed to change, so it has! It is hard to give up your favorite things, but I am positive this is it! There will be a lot of daffodils in my garden next spring, not tulips!
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BLITZEN40 5/15/2013 2:02AM

    You have deer, I have a resident mole (or two, or 100, I don't know...you never see the buggers!) I have gone to extremes to eradicate Mr. Mole and his family, but to no avail. These guys uproot entire rows of vegetables in the night- they're weapons of mass destruction to the gardener. I'll trade you my moles for your deer!

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PURPLEDRAGONM 5/14/2013 12:34PM

    I love your metaphor about making changes that need to be made. It's so true! That which does not change, dies. I prefer to be able to change, and thence to live and prosper in good health and well being. (Ideally, anyway!)

I can relate to the deer problem as well. We live just 10 minutes from a large county park, and deer wander our streets whenever they like, and assume the neighborhood is their personal snack bar. I tried growing tomatoes on our front porch a couple years ago, because the front yard gets a lot more sun than the back. Those deer came up onto our porch, right next to the front door, and ate those plants down to the soil in the pots! Cheeky things. I expected them to knock on the door ask "More, please".

My front gardens now contain woody herbs and native plants such as lavender and rosemary, that the deer don't like. Although they ate down a small jade plant once. In theory they avoid it, but I guess they were extra hungry or thirsty that day.

Change as needed, observe what is needed, and go with the flow! Now. For the implementation...

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LOPEYP 5/14/2013 5:43AM

    I have problems with woodchucks and rabbits. Unfortunately they love everything. Spraying flowers with fox urine seems to work pretty well.

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BUTTERFIYEMERGE 5/14/2013 5:14AM

    Deer ... so beautiful to watch, but they can be so destructive because they want to eat what they want to eat ... sounds like me! Glad you found a positive out of this!

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FLAMENM 5/13/2013 10:08PM

    Deer can be quite the grden pests. But there are some beautiful flowers that are deer resistant.

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JACKIE542 5/13/2013 9:47PM

    That is so sad, I planted tulips for the first time this, I battle gophers and squirrels, I sprinkled cayenne pepper, I wonder if that would work on deer.
I understand what you are saying though, maybe it's best to stick with things that aren't so much work. I know! maybe plant the Tulips in containers away from the deer. emoticon emoticon

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