Last week, I shared that something had been eating the blooms off my petunias, and that I had started using crushed red pepper in addition to Liquid
Stench Fence to help deter the critters.
That combo seems to be working.
I’ve also now begun adding a little cayenne pepper to the mix. And I have petunias again.
These pink ones were never affected (perhaps they’re a different flavor?), but I also doused them with my new concoction, as well as the budding white glad there to the right. Deer just love glads.
While I was at it, I also used the SSS (stinky spicy stuff) on these pots of petunias and sweet potato vines. Yes, they’re on the front porch, but you may recall that a deer recently climbed the steps to our deck, so I don’t put anything past those rascals.
Although I haven’t seen any signs that deer find this begonia appetizing, I’m not taking any chances. It’s also getting the SSS.
So far, so good. Hopefully the deer/rabbits/whatever won’t develop a taste for the SSS; if so I’ll be looking to change the recipe.
Ah…..the challenges of a wannabe gardener in the summertime…..
~These Days Of Mine~
A mainly “wild” Random Five today:
1.) As we were leaving home recently, we noticed this deer having our neighbor’s begonias for dinner. Motor Man took this picture, since the deer was on his side of the vehicle. I cropped it in order to show the deer better. They’re pretty creatures, but they do wreak havoc on our plants.
2.) Another deer story: Motor Man and I sat down to dinner Tuesday evening (yes, friends, we DO eat at home occasionally), and noticed a deer just a foot or two from our kitchen window, dining on a hanging petunia. They’ve also been eating the blooms on my phlox in that same area. And yesterday morning, I saw that they’d destroyed my mandevilla that USED to be on that white obelisk in the corner. So I “constructed a fence”; yeah, we’ll see how much that helps. Obviously, they have now acquired a taste for Liquid Fence. (Update: after erecting the fence, I actually caught a deer RED-HANDED in the forbidden area. Andthe phlox? Nearly demolished. And I know I heard him laughing at my fence design.)
3.) Less destructive is my little herd of ducks. Earlier this week, I was neglectful and had actually backed out of the driveway without feeding them breakfast. They quickly came from their normal feeding location in the side yard to flag me down as I was leaving.
4.) Not quite wildlife, but some of you may be ready for a Gypsy update. Most mornings, when Motor Man gets to the shop, Gypsy
needs demands attention. She sits between him and his computer monitor until he reclines in the chair, so she can lie on his chest. (Please excuse Motor Man’s filing system there on the wall.)
5.) And an update on Guillermo/William, the tiny foal that was once one of the wild horses of Corolla. (Now that he’s been in the care of humans, he will be adopted rather than returned to the herd.) I’ve shared this video with my Facebook friends, but thought it might bring a smile to others as well. So happy that little William is enjoying life.
~These Days Of Mine~