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!!