22 July, 2013

Where Have All The Flowers Gone?

Some, well actually most, of my flowers have been devoroured by our resident deer. I have posted about this subject before. This was the scene alongside our driveway Thursday morning at breakfast time (theirs). Once the buds and blooms are gone the deer will eat any and all (seemingly) foliage. The only remaining flowers, those planted in small flowerpots on our patio, are fair game for the squirrels. They love the taste of Million Bells and when they're bored they gnaw down the rims on the pots too; okay, so maybe they're not bored, maybe they're just being spiteful! When I chase them off the patio they make a mad dash for the birdfeeders; they run up the trees and fly through the air in an attempt to land on, and empty, the sunflower feeders. Their success rate in attaching themsleves to the feeders is about 50%. But... they never tire of trying,  apparently they think it's their life's calling to "entertain" me!
When I chase them off the birdfeeders they hide among the tree branches and peek back at me.

I saw this game in Target the other day, it's almost like I can't escape their presence. I did, actually, pick up the game to read the objectives (I know,that's hard to believe). As Mr. Goodneedle so accurately pointed out: "where's the fun in playing... we already know that the squirrel always wins!" So true.

I hope you have beautiful flowers and lush gardens at your house this summer.
We have very well fed varmints at ours.
Life is Good!


Ancestor Collector said...

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Quiltdivajulie said...

My co-worker deals with deer ON her wood patio (up three steps from the lawn). They no longer plant flowers - the deer ALWAYS get them (and they live in a subdivision with 1/2 acre lots). They're beautiful, but ravenous!

Janet O. said...

Wow, and I complain about the occasional loose cow tramping through my yard, or the woodpecker on my roof. I should be quiet and count my blessings! : )

LizA. said...

I guess I should consider myself lucky to not have to deal with critters like this. Arlo does miss the constant torment from the squirrels and I don't know what he would do if he saw a deer.....he's seen some from a distance while camping and just barks at them.

jude's page said...

I should be thankful that the wildlife doesn't come close to my house, but you do have lots of lovely trees near by. The daffodils are blooming here at the moment, bit early for spring, still cold and very wet.

carolina quilter said...

Get dog hair from a doggie beauty parlor and scatter around your flowers - it really does work!