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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Spring in Two Parts


PART ONE: WELCOME DAFFODILS

I have daffodils planted in various parts of the garden: perennial garden, glen, front garden and down at the bottom of the driveway by the big rock. All of them are in different stages. But the first to bloom are in the perennial garden right outside our bedroom window. Even before the sun was up the buds were opening this morning. There are two kinds there: miniature (from a grocery store purchase last spring) and regular size. This is the second year for the regular ones so they have doubled in bloom quantity.

The miniature are on the far left above and by themselves below. You see I added the hyacinthe I got this year and will look forward to its blooming next spring.




PART TWO: INTRUDERS!

I could kick myself. On Saturday I had planned to spray Liquid Fence for the first time this growing season on the delectables that are favored in my garden. I put it off because it was so windy. Now I didn't go into the garden Sunday or Monday but I can see the perennial garden very easily and I would have noticed so the intruders came last night under the moonlight. They went for their regular fare: day lilies. The ones below had quite a bit of growth because they are against a stone wall. They even used their hooves to dig.

What I can't understand is why they ate the stella d'oro lilies which they never have touched in the past? I have quite a few of these that they found. They missed only two: one in the perennial garden and one in the front garden.

They haven't eaten crocuses before but all the purple ones are gone.

They even munched on the sedum,

and irises! Now I can understand eating irises when there's nothing else to eat but in spring time?

I've sprayed the Liquid Fence as of today and will likely do it again this weekend and weekly for the next month then go to monthly applications. Fortunately all the plants will recover and send up new leaves. No buds were taken. Those nasty intruders with the last name d-e-e-r.

6 comments:

ONG said...

Holy cow can I relate!!! I had my sedums and daylillies munched and they only emerged in the past week or so. I've declared war on the deer and rabbits and may even rent a helicopter and spray liquid fence on every inch of my property. Daffodils look amazing though!!

wilderness said...

Marcia so sorry about the deer. Those pictures of them coming to visit earlier were nice but they were just scouting out the territory. At least there were no buds lost and the leaves will recover.

Robin said...

The critters usually get to the crocuses and daylilies before I remember to spray. Not this year, I think that I actually beat them to it! I was out there spraying again today and now I'm out of spray!

Marcia said...

I can't believe I put off spraying. Good for you Robin for anticipating them.

Yes, Wilderness they were scouting earlier when they stopped by my bird feeder. I'll win this battle, I will.

HolleyGarden said...

Sorry the deer ate your beautiful blooms! Isn't that so very frustrating? Maybe get a dog?

Marcia said...

Holley, that's what a neighbor has told us but I'm not a dog person. We have 8 acres so the deer can have the 7 and let me garden on the 1.

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