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What will deer leave alone, hopefully

Posted: Today at 10:06

We are plagued by deer, and over the years have found quite a few things are left alone - made this list for someone else recently - hope it helps

Plants our deer don't eat

Spring bulbs


Summer Annuals

Lobelia (they sometimes have a nibble, but don't come back for more)
Rudbeckias (the half hardy ones with fuzzy leaves ...they do eat the perennials like Goldstrum)


Oriental poppies
Centaurea montana
Cyclamen (the hardy ones, not the fancy ones sold as winter bedding)
Hostas (although they eat the flower spikes they leave the leaves alone)


Most viburnums
Hydrangea macrophyllia ( not the paniculata ones)
Rhodedendrons and deciduous azaleas (not evergreen azaleas)
Magnolia stellata

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: Today at 08:55

Thanks for the hugs folks.

Lesley - are you sure its not woofer drinking it .....thats wot I can see in your avatar

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: Today at 08:28

Morning all

Yesterday was exciting, in all the wrong ways.  My Dad had a mini stroke, and fell, inside a locked house, with all of us more than 50 miles away.  With a bit of ingenuity the ambulance and neighbours were roused, and he got to hospital quickly.  There, thankfully, the symptoms gradually reversed, and his system "righted" itself.  He is left with a fractured foot where he fell, and three terrifed, but very thankful daugters.

So we will spend the next few weeks looking after him in relays his home initially, but I think soon we will bring him up here - just need to get a bed set up downstairs.

So my sweetpeas remain unplanted.  (That was a warped joke ....sweetpeas didn't figure in the list of things I cared about yesterday)

And to think, that this time last week we were all wandering round Chelsea with him, thinking how well he was doing.

Last edited: 31 May 2016 08:30:09

Camera Talk

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 22:29

Great pics ...particularly love the last one of the reeds growing round the steps ...looks like an illustration from a childrens fairy story

Chelsea photos 2016

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 21:41

Thankyou so much for sharing Obelixx and Liri.  Made me realise just how much of the floral pavilion I missed - a half day ticket means you run out of time.  Fab pictures from you both

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 19:21

Sat with a glass of something cold on the patio - clouds have come over ....think that might be summer gone

Love the amelanchier and your new sunny bed Dove - so nice to have new planting opportunites.  Glad Fairy got back on the hills, and that pdoc amd Mrs had a good day in the garden.  Off to look at Obelixx's photos now, and relive the Chelsea experience......I might be some time

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 15:17

Did a bit of weeding, but now its too hot again.  There is a bit of a breeze, so I have parked my posterior on a deckchair to stop it blowing away (the chair that is - it would takea strong gale to despatch my posterior)

Talking of rambling roses, I was very excited this morning to see bits of Paul's Himalayan Musk protruding from near the top of a large holly tree.  Its taken 6 years, but I think its bid for world domination is about to start......but that was the general idea, so I am delighted.

Sorry to hear mean PMs have been circulating again.  I don't use PMs much - not got much "secret"  to say - but can't help thinking it would have been good if they had been a casualty of the revamp

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HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 10:56

Just one more cuppa, and then i WILL get up and going

feels fresher out there today, so I will get some gardening done.  Yesterday was too hot to do anything much other than sit, and murmur words of encouragement to OH.  He is building an extension/lean to on our garage so that we can store logs a bit closer to the house (we currently have to trek down the garden in the dark and the rain to replenish stocks, so this will be so much better).  However, we live on quite a steep slope, so the lean-to has required a brick retaining wall, a concrete base and a complicated wooden structure (OH never does things by halves).  Nearly done now

look after that neck Dove - and pics of the amelanchier in situ please.  Hope Hosta is enjoying his first day back at work - lots of catching up to do. BBQ at GSs sounds lovely RB - hope he hosts well.  And mammoth journey home Obelixx ....thats why we try to avoid the roads on Bank Holidays....nightmare.


Posted: 29/05/2016 at 10:43

Glad you had a Happy Birthday Yvie wishes from here too


Posted: 28/05/2016 at 22:08

Matthew Wilson and his York Minster garden.  He was so delighted it brought tears to my eyes

ooops, sorry, got a bit carried away there.....forgot it was the So thread

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