Thursday, 17 March 2016

Oh Deer Me!!!

Whilst we have been absent this young lady has had carte blanche devouring the plants in our garden
Now she thinks it's her domain
No matter how much we bang on the windows, shout, and frantically wave, she simply wanders off up the garden in a casual nonchalant way. Then before she jumps through the hedge, she calmly turns, and gives us a long look, that clearly says she'll be back

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  1. She is no doubt thinking possession is nine points of the law and now your garden belongs to her.

    Ms Soup

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    1. She looks rather emaciated so perhaps we should not begrudge her some nourishment

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  2. Is she on her own? Where is the rest of her herd? She looks a bit lost to me....

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    1. She's on her own, but I am sure that she knows where the others are - in the woods I suspect.

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  3. Rosemary, my heartfelt sympathy. If I'd been writing yesterday morning I'd have said go out in the garden and chase her off. It seemed to have worked a couple of weeks ago with our little family. If they feel sufficiently threatened, allegedly, they won't come back. Except yesterday I looked out and two of them were back..

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    1. Next time we will run out Jessica, do as you suggest, and see what happens

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  4. Lovely food to eat, nice fresh spring grass and other treats she likes. Oh deer me!

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    1. My Bergenia leaves seem to have a strong appeal to her.

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  5. You have a nice guy in the garden, though perhaps a little damage done. Regards.

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    1. We also have Badgers digging up the lawn at the moment too, but when we are in bed at night.

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  6. I can understand your doubt, but she is such a beauty. Who can say I have a dear in my garden?

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    1. It is surprising how brazen she is.

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  7. She probably thinks you are the intruders! I have problems with small possums nipping the tops of creepers along my fence. They do this during the night and sometimes I catch them nibbling, if I come out before going to bed. I tell them to go home, but they always come back!

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    1. These things are sent to try us!

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  8. Hello Rosemary, I had lots of deer in Ohio, but since I had no garden, anything they ate saved me the trouble and expense of trimming it. Since your garden represents a lot of work, it must be protected. I know there are many deer repellents, but I suspect it will be an uphill battle.

    Lots of people with large yards or gardens now grow forage plants at the periphery for the wildlife, so protecting the garden itself does not have to be a guilt-inducing choice.
    --Jim

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    1. Hello Jim - Previously when I have seen them in the garden they are browsing on our hedges, which I don't mind as it saves us cutting them back, but she has been going for the plants.

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  9. Dear Rosemary, Your new friend does not look well. Maybe that is why she wants to stay put until she gets better.

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    1. Dear Gina - I must admit that she does not look in the best of health - rather malnourished and looks as if she has mange

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  10. Lovely photos of your visitor. I know she is helping herself to your garden, but I'm afraid I'd love to have her around, especially if, as you say, she looks as though she needs feeding up. The problem with visiting wildlife is they don't know what to leave alone!

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    1. I must admit that she gives us a thrill when we she her - I don't mind her eating the Bergenia leaves but would rather she steered clear of my frittilaries.

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  11. I noticed flowers missing, gardens a bit messed around with but then one evening last summer, I was sitting out in the sun room when I saw a mother deer with a tiny baby come into the back garden .. behind my home is a huge farm field then a forest. The baby seemed to be only just walking .. so tiny and delicate .. Mama was pretty delicate too. They started grazing on my flowers. I was happy that I had something out there that they could eat and not be hungry.

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    1. Yes, my deer certainly looks in need of some nourishment - I would rather that she crop the hedge than my special plants though.

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  12. Hmmm, I think that's more of an "eff you" look, actually.

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    1. As we stared at each other I was reminded of that line from Casablanca 'here's looking at you kid'

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  13. Excelente trabalho.
    Um abraço.
    http://andarilharar.blogspot.pt/

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    1. Obrigado pela visita e pelo seu comentário tipo

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  14. What a brazen little dear! Our deer graze at night, never singles, usually in herds of 4-5.

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    1. That's interesting - mostly they have been singles in our garden and during the day

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    2. Except for the mother and her fawn, I always have the whole herd coming through. With a bog across the street somewhere and the field and forest behind me, the deer are always going from one side to another .. one of the things I will miss when I have left this place.

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    3. I know that you will find plenty of new interests when you move to Florida - it will be an exciting time for you and the cats too. I look forward to following your move when it happens.

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  15. Hi Rosemary, you got some wonderfully expressive shots of your deer lady visiting your garden! I love the looks of deer, but I can imagine that it is not too much fun for a gardener to have them visiting the garden. Hope there is way that you can peacefully coexists!
    Happy spring!
    Christina

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    1. Nodoubt she will tire of our choice of food and pass on to another garden. We are happy for her to graze on the hedges as it saves us cutting them!

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  16. We have to use deer spray to keep them away. One year they ate all of my Hostas.

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    1. I know that she is eating the Bergenia leaves but not too sure what else she is munching on. I shall know if some of my plants fail to flower.

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  17. Lovely pictures she doesn't look afraid or ashamed! We used to have visiting deer they always went for the roses. I hope you can show her she is unwelcome before too much damage is done! Sarah x

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    1. She is very cheeky - we caught her jumping into our boxus hedge circle yesterday.

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  18. Oh no! I hope that too much damage hasn't been done or will be done and that the plants will recover! I have enough squirrel and pigeon trouble, I am thankful we don't have any deer! xx

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    1. Sadly I have squirrels and pigeons too, and a badger that comes in the dead of night and digs up the lawn.

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  19. When I lived in England I had plenty of similar visitors and what the deer didn't nibble, the rabbits did. I found only peonies were left alone.

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    1. Rabbits we do not have as we live on oolithic limestone and they cannot make burrows in it.

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  20. I know they eat things in the garden - but how fantastic to have a visit from such a wonderful creature! Your photos, as usual, are beautiful.

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    1. Thanks Jenny - they were better than I thought they would be as I took them through the window.

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  21. My thought was "How wonderful" but not if she is eating your prized plants.

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    1. My main concern is that she has been browsing near my beautiful Frittilaries.

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  22. Now she thinks this is her domain Rosemary!
    She is a sweetie but much better on the other side of your fence!
    Have a happy weekend.
    Shane

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  23. Amazing photo's - she obviously feels at home !

    All the best Jan

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    1. I think our absence has made her heart grow fonder of our place

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  24. I am not able to plant anything at our Colorado house since the deer there.....were there before me, and also feel a sense of ownership! After being gone all summer from our home in Texas, we had a squirrel who fussed at us like we were intruders in our own backyard.

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  25. We are busy building a fence to keep her Pacific Northwest cousins out of our garden. They treat it like a deli.

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    1. I don't really know how she gets in as the hedge is very scratchy and prickly and our walls are too high.

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  26. She’s getting territorial in your garden! At the residential area located in Nara Park, deer enter to the gardens of private houses and cause troubles like eating flowers or bulbs. But anyway, people and deer have coexisted for ages in Nara.

    Yoko

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    1. She has not been here for a couple of days so may be see has moved on now.

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  27. Some guests are more welcome than others on our properties! But still cute! Thanks for sharing your part of our world Rosemary (and for dropping by mine). Fascinated by the rolling cube of the Cotswolds - was greatly blessed to have spent a brief visit (a few days) to that region in 2009. Wishing you a wonderful week.

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    1. Thank you for visiting Valerie, and so pleased to learn that you know this area of the world - I can't actually remember now how I made that rolling cube!

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