No Deer Here!

So, why is it that my dentist can grow fields of Day Lillies, yet not one bud makes it to flower in my yard?

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No kidding! The deer have eaten Every. Single. Solitary. Bud.

In 15 years, I’ve only seen ONE bud make it to bloom.

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Yet on Friday, I pulled into my dentist’s office parking lot, and all I saw were thousands of lillies. Β Seriously! Thousands!

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Absolutely gorgeous!

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Makes the whole process of dental work easier πŸ™‚

42 thoughts on “No Deer Here!

    • The flowers were so beautiful, Seonaid. I was glad that I was early for the appointment so I had time to wander around and take pictures!

  1. Liquid Fence Deer and Rabbit repellent spray really works. The sprayer doesn’t work well so I have been putting the contents in a good spray bottle. WARNING! This stuff stinks when sprayed and needs to be reapplied when it rains. The deer went after my Day Lilies this year as well, something they have never done before. Grrrrr…….. Love, Amy

    • Thanks for the suggestions. Darn deer! and the rabbits have been destroying things, too. I’ve got my Basil growing on my version of a raised bed – the top of my picnic table πŸ™‚

      • I’m really sorry to hear this, because I KNOW the troubles I’ve had in past years. One year I forgot to spray for the deer, and this gorgeous bush just covered in roses, completely demolished. It has NOT grown right since. I swear the deer are compromising my roses. Once hit they do not seem to grow right. Grrrr…….. I may end up having to buy a whole lot of rose bushes because right now most of mine are NOT doing well, even though I have caught the deer this year from eating them. Makes my heart SO sad!!!! I really wish you so much luck!!! (((HUGS))) Amy

  2. You have made them shine Laurie – just beautiful! The last house I owned before moving south had a little stream running through the bottom garden and the banks were lined with day lilies – they looked spectacular for a short time then returned to their long leaved dullness. I never really appreciated them ………… sigh!

    • Long leaved dullness is what I have in my yard, too! πŸ™‚
      You should have seen this place …it seemed like never ending flowers!

  3. Stunning. I’m guessing that your dentist can grow them because the deer are just as scared of dentists as the majority of the population. πŸ˜‰

  4. I love day lilies and these are sooooo beautiful. The light is stunning! I had some in my yard but I had to keep fighting the invasive bittersweet. Eventually, I gave up. We have deer and rabbits in our yard, too. Usually it’s my hostas the deer decimate, but I looked out the window yesterday to see that I have one clump that have actually bloomed. It’s hard to fight nature.

    An anecdotal piece of advice: my mother and step-dad bought a house with a lovely yard and had the same problem with deer. A friend told them that if they spread urine around the perimeter it would keep the deer away. My mother swore it worked!

    • I’ve heard about the urine – everyone says it works! I’ll have to do better about fighting those critters. My hosta are also usually decimated but this year a friend gave me a lovely garden windmill and I, without purpose, put it near the hosta. Lo and Behold, the hosta survived the deer. I’m guessing it was the movement of the windmill!
      YAY!

  5. My former in-laws had issues with deer in the yard and they would always go after the oriental lilies. I found a homemade recipe for anti-deer spray that worked: Strain two eggs and to TBL of Chinese garlic oil into a one quart water bottle. Fill with water. Shake to mix. Spray on any plant that you don’t want the deer to eat. Reapply when it rains or after about 10 days of dry weather. Works like a charm.

  6. Glorious photos, LB. I’ve never been to a dentist with more than the obligatory green shrubs, pruned into unnatural shapes. I’m impressed! I especially like the second photo in the series as I feel as if I could reach out and touch it.

    Interestingly, Day Lillies are toxic to cats and cows, but have no affect on dogs, and clearly deer. Nature and her mysterious ways.

    http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants/day-lilies-many-varieties

    • “pruned into unnatural shapes” – so true!!
      I had no idea about the toxicity to cats (or cows for that matter). So many people have them! I guess the animals are smart enough to stay away πŸ™‚

      • I’ve read over the years that cats are super smart and will rarely eat anything poisonous, unlike dogs that do it all the time. You would think nature would provide better than that.

        I’ve read that chocolate is toxic to both cats and dogs, but you only hear of dogs eating it,

        Are you thinking of another kitty in your lovely home?

    • Thank you for sharing this, Born to Organize! I would never have guessed as they are safe for human consumption (the non hybridized ones – not sure about the newer hybridized varieties).

      • Thanks, Lynda. Interesting what is perfectly safe for one species and not another. Even the allergies are variable. We grew up eating peanut butter as a staple, but my friends daughter nearly died from her second exposure and had a few terrifying moments in the ER.

  7. Beautiful! I’m hoping you can use one of the solutions readers suggest and it works for you. For me its ground squirrels and gophers! Here’s hoping you win!

  8. Laurie, talk about putting some sunshine in your day! A feast for the eyes. Speaking of feast…

    These lilies look like the Daylily family. If they are, then the deer know what’s tasty! Did you know that you can eat daylilies? Seriously! Look here: http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/how-to-sustainably-harvest-daylilies-zbcz1307.aspx#axzz38z5T4pPT
    If you conquer your deer problem then perhaps you might like to try them some day.
    Bon Appetit!

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