Steider Studios.deer in garden 10.30.14

Guess who was back in my garden this morning?!!  Yep, you guessed it.  OK you cute little critter, you can have my garden for now.  But come next spring I’ll chase you out again.

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Enjoying my morning coffee, I was startled to see a herd of deer snacking their way through my garden.  Before I chased them out, I snapped a couple of photos.

Tomorrow I’ll  set up the last art show of my spring season (see previous post!) so today I have to pack and load my car.  I hope to catch you up with notes from my garden next week.  If I can clear out the weeds, it looks like a spectacular garden season emerging!

Thanks for stopping by … if you are near Portland Oregon this weekend, stop by the Columbia Gorge Art Festival at the Corbett Grade School & tell me you follow my garden blog!!

Chickadee on my glass birdbath, looks like I’d better fill it.

Skipper Butterfly on Verbena bonariensis.  I love the detail my new camera captures.

Pink Gaura is a favorite in my garden.

Red Breasted Nuthatch in my weeping cherry tree.

Eastern Tailed Blue Butterfly drinking from an aster.  I’m learning about butterfly species!

Pink Hydrangea – it’s my only hydrangea blooming at the moment.

Rufous Sided Towhee perched on a sprinkler head as I stalked him.

Bumblebee imbibing in a sunflower.

I love this single rose – surprising since I usually go for the big fluffy varieties.

Looks like it’s time for a Liquid Fence application.  Before my pears are completely harvested by deer.

Checkerspot butterfly(?) drinking from a lavender aster.

My blue Veronica blooms earlier, then comes a paler pink and finally this beautiful ‘red’.

Steller’s Jay kicking fir cones.

Painted Lady Butterfly on Verbena bonariensis looks like a lollypop!

And a sunny Sunflower just makes me happy.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Invitation to dine?

October 13, 2011

When I asked my husband to trim some limbs from our flowering almond trees along the driveway, I wasn’t thinking it would make a tasty treat for a herd of deer.  Yes, a herd!  It appears this simple act of pruning was indeed an invitation for a full day and night of feasting.  I would’ve been ok with it if they’d just stuck to the fallen branches, but they had to browse further into my shady perennial beds!

As I crept closer, the little one was the only deer to notice me.  The others continued gorging on the fallen limbs and beyond.  I couldn’t remember when I’d last sprayed Liquid Fence, but it must be time to spray again.  I know, if you live in a city it may seem cool to have a herd of deer at the end of your camera lens.  Yes, in a way it is …..

Until you realize they’ve eaten hundreds of dollars of plant material.  Even as the herd watched me approach they grabbed one last bite before skittering over to the neighbors and out of sight.  They didn’t go far because they were back every thirty minutes until the limbs were completely stripped of leaves.  I was glad to see them, but where’d I leave that sprayer filled with Liquid Fence?

I’ve tried many ‘deer repellents’ over the last 25 years of tending this garden and some have worked for a few days.  Liquid Fence is the only thing that has worked for 3 seasons now (as long as I remember to spray every 3 to 4 weeks).  I wonder what has worked for you?

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it!!

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