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Re: Baptisa

Thanks, Lynda.  I'll look for it and give it a try.  We've tried 
everything else in the book from human hair to rotten eggs
with hot pepper sauce, and all the commercial ones.  So 
far almost anything will work for about two weeks, but then
they decide they like it and we have to go to something 
else.  For the past couple of years I have just concentrated
on planting things they don't much like, and surrounding the
things they do like with things they don't eat.  I can do that
with some small things.  Daffodils protected my miniature
roses until the poppies came on.  Now that the poppies
are gone, I have planted rue (Ruta graveolens) and 
Artemisia 'Powis Castle' around them.  So far, so good, 
but I'm keeping my fingers crossed.  They have tasted my
caladiums, which are supposed to be toxic, but they haven't
returned to them.  It's become a challenge to have a deer-
resistant garden.

In a message dated 07/27/2005 4:39:56 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
lyoung@grindertaber.com writes:
Auralie, and others who live with deer, just an update on the DeerVik I
used this spring.  It continues to work - I've had no deer damage on the
shrubs I've hung it from and all my hostas remain intact.  This time
last year my shrubs were bare and the hostas completely devoured - not a
leaf remained. I have not yet gone about replenishing it, although I
will do so as soon as the heat abates a bit. Looks like twice a summer
will suffice.  Not much effort at all relative to the protection it
seems to afford my plantings.  We have 15-20 deer in our yard most
evenings munching on the clover and grass, but they do not go near the
'viked areas.  That I can live with.

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