I am trying hard not to get discouraged. The deer and rabbits apparently think they have found the area’s finest food emporium. They are playing havoc with many of the plants in my garden, but I must admit to being confused by their choices.
Here, for example, on the left is a planting of liriope that is untouched. Less than ten feet away, the rabbits are feasting on the same plants. And I was hoping to have a thick golden border edge there. What is it about the area on the right that has attracted that rabbit? What did I do correctly on the left and so wrong on the right?
Here is a ‘Violet Flame’ phlox, in the ground only two weeks and untouched, and fifteen feet away one planted at the same time is completely scavanged. I have been looking for this shade of phlox for some time; imagine my disappointment to have finally located it and then seeing it become a dining treat for our local critters. The critters also ate a clematis right to the ground, leaving me to watch the top vines just turn brown.
This is typical of my coneflowers–one flowering shoot left, and these were all encased in cages. I’m not optimistic about getting any blooms on them this year. The predator in this case must be a deer…or a very small rabbit.
I planted a dozen liatris bulbs in spring, and half of them were eaten to the ground by rabbits by the time they reached two inches. I’m still hoping to get a few blooms out of the remainder.
Some of their earlier “leftovers” are beginning to put out new growth and (if left alone) will likely bloom later in the summer. That, of course, will require remedial action on my part for prevention.
What is disheartening about all this is that the daylilies are just opening, and I’ve already seen one or two instances of deer browsing. At least the vitex is blooming at eight feet and higher, so I don’t have that to worry about.
The puzzling thing is that I haven’t seen a single instance of the deer eating the h…a (the name that cannot be spoken in the presence of deer). They’ve gone crazy over them in the past, so I am standing by for the worst. I can’t put all the h…a in pots on the screened porch. I will try to keep all informed…and keep from crying.