Oh Deer!

Not to be outdone by RockRose’s night vision cam~   I’m finding that my better images are actually taken by the “bunny cam”. The only credit I can take is that I figured out the contraption that enables the rabbit to comfortably move around the garden with the camera; it’s part hat and part tiny harness. As you can imagine, this frees up time for me- and as you can see, I think he’s quite enjoying the creative outlet.

The deer are expanding their diet.   I know it’s out of necessity.   They decided that the deer resistant plants are, after all, irresistible.    They ate any bloom and at least sampled most any type of leaf.    A couple of examples~ 

Turk’s cap before…..

and after. 

I was particularly hopeful about Thryallis.  I heard about it on a recent episode of Central Texas Gardner –   deciduous (but may not drop all its leaves they said); grows in a mounded shape (!); blooms a country-yellow hue summer through fall.  I was so excited! 

Thyallis before…. 

…and after. 

I stood out front last night pitching to my husband the idea of fencing in our front garden.  With our small lot, a courtyard front garden could be a good fit.  I have considerable space that is empty with just mulch, and I’ve been watering these areas in anticipation of adding about thirty plants in the next few weeks, but I’m putting it on hold while we consider the fence.  I need to get a bid and consider how the fence will affect my sunlight.    So my next google image search will be for “xeric courtyard entry gardens”.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Pam/Digging
    Oct 08, 2011 @ 05:46:52

    Oh deer! They’ve sampled one of my Turk’s caps out front too. You know, if I could fence in my front yard, I’d do it in a skinny minute. Unfortunately, it’s not conducive to fencing — too sprawling with a circular drive in the middle.


  2. lancashirerose
    Oct 08, 2011 @ 11:12:15

    There is very little left to eat outside my walls. Can’t imagine how they are all surviving with so many to feed. Saw a road runner go after a snake yesterday but the snake managed to get under a rock in time. Inside the garden I am now having to cover the sweet potato vine to prevent total destruction. Ditto my vegetable beds. Nothing is exempt and the night cam doesn’t seem to capture the culprit.


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