Deer do eat roses? So it WAS them who ate my only rose...well the plant is
still alive, but they ate most of the stem with the big huge bud on it...I
had it 'fenced' to protect it from the chickens/geese/bunnies, and it was
doing so good, then I noticed that it was gone, and I look, and the stem was
chewed down to only a couple inches left of it...I was so upset...it was
only a couple days away from blooming...couldn't think what could have eaten
it, it being all thorny and hard and such...
One of their gourmet foods (they don't mind thorns in the mouth;
holly is another favourite).
I used to be under the delusion that the red deer crossing our land
every night would never dare come close to the house; so I had my roses
and veg garden right beside it.
We woke one morning to munching sounds right outside our groundfloor
bedroom window, and there about 2 ft away was a family of deer just
finishing off the rosebush which used to grow outside it.
In general deer will eat everything. I have all my young trees
fenced. All my shrubs are fenced (I learned the hard/expensive way,
munched all my newly planted shubs down to nubs). Even plants that
are highly touted to be deer resistant, like forsythia, daffodils,
barberry, etc., are not so deer resistant it seems. Squirrels love
daffodil bulbs too, the first winter they dug up most every one of the
500 I planted that fall, munched em right in front of me... I won't be
planting those any more. So far the only thing I've planted out in
the open that hasn't been eaten (yet) are some giant ferns I put in to
hide my propane tank.
Hehe, no, I didn't check if those bulb snatchers were straight or gay.
I suppose my bulbs were naturalized, planted with a 2" auger from
Leevalley.com and my trusty cordless drill. That thing can dig
hundreds of perfect bulb holes effortlessly in practically no time. I
got one good bloom and the next spring practically nothing.
The ones by my little creek are still there but the squirrels ate
those under the trees.
Most times it's nice, but during periods of heavy rain the water rises
to the very tippy top and looks ready for white water rafting... twice
now in early spring before all the snow is melted I've seen it
overflow it's banks. This spring the water ras running exceptionally
strong and I lost more than two feet on the south bank, especially
where the orangeberg pipe from my French drain empties out... that
pipe was pretty well hidden, now I need to have that entire area
filled with large rocks, soon as there's a dry spell this summer so
the heavy equipment can roll up without sinking in... I lost a lot of
bulbs and other perennials too.
Big lightening and thunder storm here so having trouble with my
connection... just wanted to add a word about if you look real
carefully in the field behind those deer there are some wild turkeys
that I didn't notice until I downloaded that picture... snapped nigh
on 1500 from my rear deck, so pic is a bit rough.
JSB posts under many names and is a known phony, as are you (Newbie
that you are)... likely you're one and the same, which explains your
interest. To date you've posted nothing useful, you are simply a
Ya know, Sheldon.......you contribute some good information.
So does Billy, if you would read all the posts.
You have just made a several statements here that are without
Little prickly today, ain't we?
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