Re: Amer. Gardener article/Wild Greens
In a message dated 01/23/2004 6:12:08 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> Well, add to your list any of the Euphorbias.....they don't touch
> them and some ought to grow for you. They also have never eaten my
> Mahonia nor do they touch Hellebores, so if you don't have those,
> they are something you can add to your garden:-) I've also never had
> them eat any ferns and there are tons of lovely ferns available.
I haven't tried any of the Euphorbias outside (have a couple of cute
succulent ones in pots). You're right, they have never touched my Hellebores. I lost
a Mahonia some years ago before the deer became such a problem, and have
never replaced it. They nibble, but don't do much damage to the Leucothoe that
took its place. One thing they never seem to bother is goldenrod, which I treat
as a noxious weed in the flower beds. Sometimes, when I am rooting it out and
swearing at it, I wonder why. Surprisingly, though, I have tried the
cultivated varieties, "Fireworks," and "Golden Fleece" a couple of times and they
didn't even last a season. Another plant that has never had much damage is
Santolina ericoides. It is rather pungent, and they don't seem to like "smellies."
That's not a reliable rule, however, for they will eat tomatoes and
marigolds which are quite sharp. Also, they don't often browse groundcovers - just
too lazy to bend down, I guess. I have had a miniature rose growing below a
path that runs along the top of a little ridge for years without any trouble - I
think it's just below their vision.
I have a small bamboo - haven't a clue as to what species - I took it from
the garden of a Japanese house (had been brought piece by piece from Japan in
the 20s or 30s) that was being torn down to make way for a shopping center. The
bamboo must be one of the clumpers, because I have had it for 30 years and it
hasn't spread. Grows about 4' to 5' tall. The deer have never touched so
far as I have noticed.
Sometimes I can grow a plant for several years without any trouble, and then
one day it will be gone. I thought Pulmonaria were pretty safe, but last
spring they took out a whole patch.
I'd love to send you some pictures if I can get some nice ones this spring.
My garden doesn't meet anybody's standards for an orderly landscape, but I do
grow a bunch of interesting things, and "plant" people usually enjoy it. A
lot of it looks as if it just happened, which is the way I like it.
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