I live in a quiet neighborhood with nice neighbors and some rather obnoxious ones: four-legged ones. Deer are regular uninvited guests in my yard. Over the years, I’ve learned that it is better to just accept their destructive presence and plant more of the types of plants they don’t like in my deer resistant garden.
Plants I love that deer hate:
- Raspberry and Coreopsis: My vegetable garden, hit hard by hungry deer, has slowly been replaced with a thriving combination of raspberry bushes and coreopsis (Tickseed) flowers.
- Bleeding Hearts: These beauties greet me every spring. I love them and the local deer population doesn’t.
- Japanese Forestgrass and Ferns: One bed used to hold my beloved hosta collection. After three devastating years of spraying them down with deer repellants only to watch them get devoured anyway, I gave in and switched to Japanese forest grass and ferns instead.
- Boxwoods, Hollies, and Burning Bushes: There are a couple types of bushes that stand up well to deer traffic in my yard. Boxwood, hollies and burning bushes thriving for me.
- Little princess spirea is a royal success in standing up to my local herd of hungry deer.
Below is a slide show of these deer resistant plants in my garden.
My polymer clay guild made “bottles of hope” for cancer patients for this month’s challenge. For my entry, I sculpted this free-spirited blue bird over a tiny bottle. His little belly shares a message of “hope.”
I’m donating it to a dear Franciscan Friar who works with me at Saint Francis University in Loretto. He is a wonderful soul who has spent the past two summers cycling more than 400 miles to raise money for our Dorthy Day Center. He expected to be doing the same this summer but is undergoing cancer treatments instead. His spirit is strong and he hope to be back on his bike soon.
Stop by the challenge through through July 7 and vote for your favorites: http://polymerclayartists.blogspot.com/2013/06/bottles-of-hope-july-challenge.html