Friday, May 18, 2007

Bambi and Thumper Aren't So Cute Anymore

When we first moved here, it was wonderful -- a beautiful back yard with woods behind it. We'd wake up each morning and look at the cardinals and robins flying and look through the woods to see the beautiful deer prancing about. Remember, one day T and M even saw turkeys in our backyard. We thought we lived in a little bit of paradise.

Then, it happened.

The deer dug up and ate all of my tulips. My expensive tulips that I ordered from Holland. Two hundred dollars worth of tulips. This happened last year and I resigned myself to the fact tha I would grow daffodils and not tulips in the spring.

Last summer I had beautiful flowers -- hanging baskets, window boxes, a flower garden in the back yard and flowers in the front in pots and by the mailbox. It was great.

This year, my perenials came up, including these great Asters that the boys got from the Children's Garden and planted in the front. They were growing great and were about 10 inches tall and 8 inches wide with lots of leaves. Three nights ago, one got eaten down to the ground. I nearly cried when I saw it. But, at least we had the other Aster plant. I sprayed some Deer Be Gone (or some such name like that) around the whole front porch to ensure that nothing else would get eaten (and I chastised myself for not doing that sooner.)

The next morning, I saw that another beautiful plant got eaten to the ground. I forget what this plant is, but I ordered it from a catalog three springs ago and it's come up since. It would have had beautiful pink flowers on it, but it's gone.

And, yes, last night the other Aster got eaten. So much for the Deer Be Gone! AARGGHHHH!!! I was so mad I could spit! ARGGHH!!!

To top this all off, there were onions that were coming up in our vegetable garden and now all of their tops are eaten off -- I think this is the job of the new family of bunnies that are living down below our pine trees. I screamed when I realized that our great vegetable garden would be in jeopardy.

So, as I type, M is out setting two humane traps to catch those bunnies and take them to a field far, far away. He won't let the vegetable garden get eaten alive!

We don't know what to do about the deer, though. To bad that hunting season is over and that you can't shoot a gun in the city limits!!


CaliforniaGrammy said...

Oh I'm so sorry! Unbelievable. I'm sure you were totally shocked! I had no idea that deer dug up bulbs! Damn! Is there such a thing as a Bunny-Be-Gone spray? And I know that deer don't seem to bother daffodils, but I think that theory doesn't apply to ALL daffodils.

Have you thought of the sprinkler thingy that Jackie and Rick have. Ken just looked up the URL for it. Jackie and Rick's works really well with all their roses.

On second thought I'll email you the URL because for some reason Blog wouldn't let me do it with the correct formatting. Hmmmmmm.

Bummer . . . my heart sank when I thought about you going out and discovering your loss!

jennavar said...

Bummer of a birthmark Hal! Man thats the pits. I know how much you enjoy your flowers. What were they thinking digging up all those bulbs. Hmmm maybe lots and lots of hanging plants is a really good idea. They are so pretty back there the way they droop all around and look like huge flower bursts.