Ring ring ring
“Hello,” I said
“Hey, guess what the deers favorite plant is in the back yard.” (my husband is chuckling)
“WHAT? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? THAT’S NOT FUNNY!”
“What do you think it is?” (again, still chuckling and stifling laughter)
“WHY ARE THE DEER IN THE BACKYARD? HOW DID THEY GET IN THE BACKYARD?”
“I was in and out of there a dozen times yesterday and I guess I didn’t get the gate closed. So, what do you think their favorite plant it? (hardly suppressing the laughter anymore)
“OK OK OK, let me think… Peach tree, pear tree” (I am not laughing at all by the way!)
“OH, I didn’t even look at those, hold on…Yup, they ate those too, but their favorite was lily pads.”
“OH GEEZ, at least the lily pads will grow back.
“You should have seen it. I was driving up the street and I could see a single file line of deer slowly walking up our driveway. When I got to the driveway I realized they were going through the gate, one by one.” (chuckle)
“Did you get a photo?” (sign of a blogger I think)
“No, I was too busy thinking about how I was going to get them all out of the back yard. That’s not easy by the way. Have you ever herded deer?”
“Yes I have, the last time someone left the gate open”
Unfortunately, I do not think this peach tree is going to make it. You can see where the deer really striped away the bark. Not a good sign.
They left a little tuft of leaves at the top of the pear tree. The pear tree will turn 2 years old this coming January. I think it can pull through this trauma. We still have warm days ahead of us and it may even put out some new leaves.
I had a post all ready to go showing you the beautiful blooming Rock Rose in my yard. Not so pretty now. It must have been pretty tasty. It will survive.
The comfrey was looking very happy in its spot before the deer munched on it. They hit all five plants, all in different places throughout the back yard. Keep in mind there were several deer doing all this munching (around 15 when my husband got home)
Flat leaf parsley, that will grow back. They certainly enjoyed all six plants, but they didn’t touch the candlestick plants right next to the parsley.
The deer got a little over excited about the purslane, completely uprooting this one. Purslane has a shallow root system, so I can understand with one little tug and it would come up quite easily. I had recently transplanted about 15 purslane into my herb and flower gardens because I wanted to be able to have more of this to eat. I know purslane reproduces from seed, so I only hope that it did some of that and I will have more next spring. I know it will come back in some areas where I already had it established, so I will just work again at transplanting it again when it grows. I put this uprooted purslane back in the ground.
The list goes on and on. Many of the plants will survive. Some may not. The interesting part is that I can easily count the things that they didn’t touch:
- Candlestick Plant
- Mexican Bush Salvia
- Flame Acanthus
- Butterfly Weed
- Salvia Gregii
Other than the list above they taste-tested every other plant or just down right ATE it.