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Re: dumped animals

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] dumped animals
  • From: "Kent Appleberry" appleb@cut.net
  • Date: Fri, 26 May 2006 18:20:41 -0000

Some useless commiseration here.  My garden has evolved over the years under
Darwinian pressures formed mostly by climate and deer.  Plants that need much
water are gone, and plants that deer like are here only in limited numbers, at
their own risk.  I get to see about half my tulips bloom each year.  No more
lettuce or cabbage or other foods deer eat.  I do have a few tree seedlings,
but I have to keep then in wire cages until they're several feet tall.  One
reason I turned to irises as a major part of the garden was that deer leave
them alone, though they have killed a few by stepping on them.  I used to
chase them away, but now I usually don't bother.  They're just part of the
garden.  Their population is controlled somewhat by the deer hunt, and the
highway in front of my house.

I have deer come within ten feet or so, but never had one follow me around.

Sanpete County, Utah, zone 4/5
about midway through the bloom season, with a surprising number of first year
plants from very small rhizomes blooming, almost all on short stems

Donald Eaves <donald@eastland.net> said:

> Over the years lots of animals have been discarded out here, including 
> 25 roosters that had gotten too tough for the frying pan.  This is a first. 
> This fellow is stomping around in one of the iris beds.  He has even less 
> respect than the dogs, who know better but do it anyway when I'm not there 
> to see.  He played in the sprinkler while I was watering the seedlings.  
> enough they got hailed on - now they are in danger of being stomped to 
> oblivion.  He follows me everywhere and gets right underfoot.  I've called 
> the game warden and hopefully someone can remove him and take him somewhere 
> else.  In the meantime, when I'm supposed to be packing and leaving for a 
> nephew's graduation in Houston, I'm trying to curtail where he gets and 
> him from munching the little oak trees - neither all that successfully.
> Donald Eaves
> donald@eastland.net
> Texas Zone 7b, USA 

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