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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Drat! Scat!

I was working in the front garden yesterday and found what looked at first like dried black beans scattered across the path. I wondered briefly what plant was nearby that might have dropped seeds that looked like beans, when closer inspection revealed the truth.

It's almost undoubtedly deer poop.

Looks very much like the images I found on a Google Image search


I've been seeing, but trying to ignore, their tracks in the front garden all winter, usually embedded in frost-frozen soil. This morning I found a hoofprint that looks like the cloven devil print of those dratted ruminants.

Does that look to you like a cloven hoofprint?

As soon as I saw the poop, I looked around to see if they might have eaten some of my plants, and my very first thought was the nearby Sedum 'Autumn Joy.' Sure enough, they've been chomped.


I saw deer down the street many months ago, and hoped that they wouldn't discover my garden.

Maybe they won't be back.

Yeah, maybe Santa and the Tooth Fairy are real too. Got any favorite deer resistant plants?

12 comments:

  1. Is that venison I smell simmering in your kitchen? Sorry the four legged slugs have found your garden! Kitten eating the garden fairy made me laugh out loud!

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  2. Damn. I am sorry. Maybe they'll be moved out by development. Or meet a car.

    Like Peter I noticed the garden fairy being eaten by the cat, too funny!!! Oh, there was a cougar sighting down at the Oregon Garden last week. Maybe a big kitty will make your deer go away like they were evil garden fairies....

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  3. oh, they will be back, now that they have found you. Aside from gigantic fences, dogs are the only answer. Both those options are a royal pain in the butt.

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  4. Bummer! I have always heard that Irish Spring soap helps deter them. You might give that a try.

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  5. I didn't know you had deer in the area! Ugh. The critters are really on the move this spring. The white-crowned sparrows here are still attacking my Aeonium, even though the fountain is fully functional, and the raccoons dug up one of my front garden beds overnight (again). No more sightings of the bunny at least.

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  6. Sorry about your deer problem .. but I am envious about where you are when it comes to Spring .. we are still stuck in winter here in the Great White North .. I love your left sidebar funnies .. would you mind if I borrowed some ?
    Joy :-)

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    1. I don't mind a bit if you borrow them. I found most of them on Pinterest.

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  7. Oh no! The only thing I know that keeps deer out is a ten foot deer fence.

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  8. I'm sorry those little rascals ate your 'Autumn Joy'. They eat mine too in my front yard. I've found that Lavender,Santolina and Rosemary are safe bets for that area.

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  9. Oh no! Rabbits are as bad as deer. Even fences don't keep them out and a fence is the only thing I know of that will keep out deer. At least you won't have to cut back your sedums this spring.

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  10. My condolences! I've seen scat around the garden also, but I'm sure it's not deer.

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