Sunday, July 20, 2008

July Blooms and Violet Dotee






This week I received a lovely Violet Dotee from Cindy who lives in Mn. Thanks you Cindy.

Today is a lovely sunny and warm day here in Western Michigan. Above is some lovely July Blooms from my gardens. I expected my gardens to be at their peak this year because it has been three years since I planted them. Unfortunately even thought they've had lots of rain this summer the "City Deer" deer has taken a toll on many of my lovely blooms. After our very long and harsh winters I truly look forward to seeing my garden come to life but this Season "My Heart" has been very sadden to see the buds eaten by "City Deers" just prior to them opening up in all their glory. Last year this was not an issue because we constantly spray "Deer Out" and they pretty much stayed away.

This year our neighbor put up a large fence around their property to keep out the deer and hence the herds of "City Deer" ( 31 counted one morning at 0500) have wander our way to eat my lovely blooms. What to do? I plan to move some of my lovely plants along side the house because the "City Deer" do not like coming that close to humans. I will start buying plants that the deer to not like to eat for supper. The last resort may be putting up a fence to protect my gardens too. I feel the small town where I live should take action so community members do not have to spend hard earn money on fences.

I hope you enjoy looking at my July Blooms and My New Violet Dotee.

9 comments:

Lyn, Melbourne, Australia said...

Hello Judy, As always your blooms are just georgeous, sorry you are having problems with the 'city deer', I cannot imagine have concerns with deer, but here we have problems with possums, they eat all the new shoots on our Camellia and Rose trees. I could not see your violet dottee have you hidden it?
Lyn in Melbourne, Australia

abeadlady said...

Lovely flowers, Judy. Your doll is darling. It's too bad the city cannot do something about the deer. What a shame that you lose so much of your hard work to them.
Arline

Maureen said...

Lovely flowers but that's awful about the deer, we get urban foxes but no trouble like that - perhaps there is a plant somewhere that they find offensive?

Maggie R said...

Hi Judy...
Yes I can relate to hungry critters!! We have rabbits and groundhogs!!!! I said goodbye to a nice crop of peas and beans. Last year my tomatoes had big bites out of them!!!! It is so disappointing. However I am trying to do my best to discourage them....Seems to be a losing battle. I think next year we will put up some kind of a greenhouse...

Your flowers are so beautiful, Too bad the deer can't eat weeds instead!!!
x0x0
((((Maggie)))

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Everyone, Thanks for visiting my blog. I always love reading the message you leave for me. I love my flower garden but this year has been a challenge with the deer poplulation getting out of control. I reckon I will have to put up that fence. Hugs Judy

LynnS said...

Judy, my heart aches for you. We had horrible problems last year because of the drought. We live in the country and own acreage, so it's not realistic to use sprays. I tried using a product last year, but I have too much garden area for perennials. And with the vegetable garden, I didn't want to spray around our food source.

We had major problems with deer eating hostas. Hosta was their salad, and believe it or not, they are picky. Deer prefer some hosta varieties over others!

Early this year, we ordered deer fencing. It comes in rolls of 300 yards each, is plastic, and black, so you can't see it from a distance. I hate having to fence each of our gardens, but don't have a choice right now. We're afraid if we fence a couple of acres off where our gardens and home are, they'd just jump over and then ravage our place.

The deer loved hosta, daylily buds, lily buds, and blooming daylilies. Eating impatiens down to nubble was really disappointing. It just sickened me, but the fence did put a stop to most of our problem.

Of course, I can't just walk in and around my garden areas now. I have to open up the fence, then I'm "trapped in". It's a lousy alternative.

Right now they are cunning enough to go along the edge of our vegetable garden fencing and they're eating all of our young cucumbers. Must be a gourmet treat for them.

Out here in the country, we have one final remedy, though, and when there is crop or property destruction, you don't need to wait for hunting season.

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Lynn, Thanks for the sympathy. I really need it. VBG We are getting some motion sensor water sprayer for a start and I know the fence will be next. Unfortunately most of my lovely blooms have been eaten for this season. very sad face. Hugs judy

Jane said...

Hi Judy, I'm working on getting caught up with comments... Little "Violet" fits quite well amongst your lovely photos of garden blooms. Enjoy... Fall is toooo close upon us!

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Jane, Thanks for stopping in to say HI. Yes Autumn is way to close, can we extend summer a bit. Hugs Judy

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