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- Subject: Re: spring
- From: Charley Kearns <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Fri, 28 Feb 1997 14:49:46 -0700 (MST)
> Today, outside my kitchen door, just behind the electric fences were six deer
> in their dark winter coloration. Five of six were last summers babies. All
> looked at me making as much noise as one agitated woman can and none moved
> other than to look up and ask what's new.
> When I read the happy notes of spring popping up around the country, I think
> this is my first sign of spring - the deer are moving. Our garden lies on a
> "shelf" on the side of a small mountain with narrow fields around. Nothing
> is more bucolic than a group of grazing deer in the field. I do wish I could
> appreciate the scene, a part of me takes pleasure in watching the deer move
> slowly across the field and another part knows it is time to hunt up Ed and
> have the power turned on.
> Do deer eat your irises? They leave grown plants but nibble any emerging
> greenery in early spring when the wood and fields are still brown and barren.
> Any plant (iris included) is cropped at this time. Our woods have no spring
> wildflowers and no seedling evergreens, all lost to deer. Our gardens are
> surrounded by electric fencing which is ugly and worrisome. Raids on my
> garden have brought tears to my eyes and escalation to my power bill.
> One of the reasons Siberians have found a home here is deer. Japanese irises
> are my next project, a July perennial (here) not drawing deer (as daylilies
> do). What is the experience with irises and deer depredation?
> Claire Peplowski
> Zone 4 (real zone), upstate NY nr. Berkshires
> Winter's gloom lifted a bit, some sun with ice still on the pond.
I certainly know what you are talking about with deer. They have
nibbled away at a lot of my precious plants. How high is your electric
fence. They junp my 5 foot fence. I don't think they have found my
TBs. Thanks for the tip re Siberians and Japanese. My goats like the
daffodils (primarily the blooms) that pop up in their pasture.
I have put netting over a lot of my vulnerable plants until I can find
a better solution. Any suggestions?
Los Gatos, CA
USDA 9, Sunset 16