Today, I share the latest in the ongoing war between my plants and the deer and rabbits.
First : The GOOD. I had one volunteer sunflower this year. (Most likely a bird “planted” it as a result of the nearby bird feeders.) And thankfully, it chose to grow in an old enamel coffeepot on our deck (safe location from critters). What makes it even nicer is that I had “that old moss” already planted in that pot. I think it makes a sweet combo.
Sunflowers are SO cheery.
Another item in the “GOOD” category: this mandevilla I planted earlier in the season has done really well. The tag said that it was the climbing variety, so I thought it would be pretty on this old trellis. Obviously, this is a mounding variety instead, but it’s obviously happy. On the deck, it’s safe from the “critters”.
Next: the BAD. This spring, I had bought a beautiful hanging basket of purslane in shades of a pretty coral color. Thinking I had come up with a simple, but effective deer fence (one strand of monofilament fishing line strung about 3 feet off the ground), it had thrived all summer. Sadly, I don’t have a before pic. I believe this is the work of two young fawn, who obviously fit UNDER the fishing line fence. This was ONE night’s work last week. I’ve since moved it to the safety of the deck, hoping it will bloom again before frost.
And: The UGLY. One of my favorite plants is a cypress vine (or hummingbird vine). I first saw it growing at Bacon’s Castle on an old wooden fence. The vine itself is so sweet and dainty, and the flowers are tiny, star shaped blooms in red, pink and white – all on the same vine.
Every year, I have a couple of these to volunteer from seeds I planted several years ago. This year, the two that volunteered chose a difficult location: immediately beside one of our deck posts. Motor Man helped me modify one of the cages that he had previously made for me, cutting it to make it semi-circular. If you look closely, you can see that dainty little vine, twining up the black trellis.
And I had ONE tiny white bloom.
There was a very small space between the post and the cage. And…..evidently, one of the baby bunnies I’ve recently spotted discovered that tiny space. The next morning, the bloom and much of the vine was gone.
So….. I used rocks and fishing line to close up that hole.
Finally: the IRONY. You’re probably already thinking that I’ve created something very ugly to protect something so pretty.
Further IRONY, I chased away the neighborhood cat yesterday as she was plotting to attack one of the baby bunnies.
~These Days Of Mine~
It’s always challenging to grow pretty things with critters around but you have come up with some great ideas. At least you got to enjoy those blooms most of the summer!
OH – you have me laughing out loud this morning! The battle to raise flowers and protect them from our critters – and then to protect the critters – that mother instinct just kicks in, doesn’t it? It’s worth it for all the smiles our flowers and stories bring us. Thanks!!! I’ll bet you get blooms before the first frost.
Never a dull moment at the Keen Garden and Animal Sanctuary……Time for an actual fence !
Isn’t it funny how life is always a little bit of each?
Even though those critters are cute, they are also destructive. Our fence kept the deer out of our vegetable garden, but not those bunnies!! You win some, you lose some.
I guess that’s just the way it is, sometimes .. it’s all cyclical and connected, right ?
Nature can be good and bad. I applaud you for trying to protect your plants. It is a full time job, lol
I forgot I love your sunflower!!!
X-D I’m sorry…I shouldn’t be laughing but… the “ugly” is probably the sweetest little irony and I just love the care and appreciation you have in the precious blooms and growth and even the naughty animals!