Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Whitetail salad luncheon...and the rude little wenches didn't even invite me! (Let alone ask permission!) Does she look guilty? Oh yea....but I will admit that it's kinda my fault. I know my enemy, and the Liquid Fence product I use really does work, but I let too many weeks go by between applications, and this is what happened!



See this lovely annual? I dig the variegated leaves, the flowers, very nice...



......not any more!
Here we have hosta "Alleghen Fog"....
......here we have stubble! This is hosta "Lemonade"....
.......now the "glass is empty"! This one ("Spritzer", I think) was growing really well...
.....stunted thoroughly, I'd say The hosta to the far right is called "Peedee Laughing River"..........and here it is, definately not laughing!
It's as though they're going for the puns, because this is called "Invincible"...ha!
Now, I don't know who shot this arrow, but do you think I could hire them for deer control?

14 comments:

chuck b. said...

Aw, dude! Bummer! Was that the extent of your damage, or was there more you didn't include?

I do empathize. The gopher is wiping me out at the community garden. I've lost three tomatoes, the fuchsia, and now a buckwheat.

Ki said...

Deer in different locales must have very different taste in plants. Ours won't touch the Hostas but loves the roses, Japanese maples, serviceberry, tulips, dogwood, lilies and daylilies and a few other things.

"I shot and arrow into the air, and where it fell"... I know where! You should grow a bullseye of red and white impatients.

MrBrownThumb said...

They look so cute in pictures and Disney cartoon but they sure do cause some damage.

Hope your plants will be ok.

Rurality said...

They'd be so great at prunung, if only you could train them... :)

lisa said...

Chuck-That was most of it, just a couple other hostas got "pruned". They nearly always grow back, though...I'm sure glad they are such tough plants! Oh BTW-castor oil repels gophers really well!

Ki-That's very interesting! I thought deer went for hostas no matter what! I like that bullseye idea!

Mr. Brownthumb-Hard for me to find the adults cute anymore, but the fawns are adorable no matter what. I'm lucky that the plants usually recover okay, but that annual is a goner!

Rurality-Ha! That's a great idea, wish it would work!

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Too bad the arrow missed the deer... you could have had enough venison to stock the fridge for the winter. ;)

Argh re: the hosta damage. At least they should sprout up again from the roots--they'll just look pretty thin for the rest of this year.

lisa said...

Yea, they nearly always come back okay...you can bet I'll keep up with my repellent spray schedule now!

Crafty Gardener said...

How we ooh and aah when we see the deer, but when they get into the garden and munch on the plants ... the comments turn to something else. Hope those hosta rejuvenate themselves eventually.

Yolanda Elizabet said...

LOL I shouldn't laugh really but your post was so funny. All your lovely hostas gone, bummer! If it is any consolation: we have slugs, giant slugs judging by the havoc they wreak in my garden. Deer are at least pretty to look at.

lisa said...

Crafty-Thanks...hostas are pretty tough, but I'd prefer a lush look to the barely recovered look they'll have instead.

Yolanda-I'll agree with you on that one-deer are much prettier than slugs!

EAL said...

Have you tried any of the remedies (natural, of course) that are supposed to keep them away? Smells they don't like, etc.

Many people visiting during Garden Walk complain of them and ask me for advice, but how would I know.

lisa said...

I use a product called "Liquid Fence", which works very well, but you must re-apply every 4 weeks minimum, every 3 under heavy pressure. The deer hate the smell, but for humans it fades well in 24 hours, completely in 48. It DOES smell positively awful, though...I usually spray at dusk on Sunday, since I won't be back in the garden til' Monday night after it's faded.

JvA said...

Naughty deer!

lisa said...

Indeed!