51 thoughts on “The Neighbors

    1. Thanks. Yes, it happens all the time. They really are the neighbors and they never seem to tire of our delicious yard. A herd of friendly sisters. 🙂

    1. Thanks. I guess this little herd has it pretty good, as they need not often bound out of the way of traffic. That said, I am always aware of the deer’s tendency to bound when driving. What worries me is when they bound into, rather than out of, traffic. 🙂 We have coyotes in this area though I rarely see them around my property.

    1. Yes, they wander through the garden, though they tend to stay a little more in the valley and in the yard across the valley. They are here every day in the winter but fortunately they do not spend as much time here in the summer when the really good stuff is growing. Somehow they let our sunflowers grow last summer. I thought they would eat the sunflowers but they must not have been around when the sunflowers were small. They will eat zinnias until they bloom but once in bloom, they leave the zinnias alone. The bloom must have a smell which repels them. Have a good day. 🙂

    1. Merci. Elles sont belles et elles sont intéressant. Je mangeais la venaison sur l’occassion parce que mes frères sont des chasseurs, mais je préfère la viande bovine. Ces cerfs ici ne sont pas chassés. Pas dans notre jardin. Bonne journée. 🙂
      Thanks. They are beautiful and interesting. I have eaten venison on occassion, as my brothers are hunters but I prefer beef. These deer here are not hunted. Not in our garden. Have a good day. 🙂

  1. Your photos are wonderful! The deer in your area are fortunate to have the space to roam and find food. We have many deer in my neighborhood. But, I feel that we have taken their home/space and they are displaced. As a result I don’t mind at all when they eat in our yard. After all, it’s really their table!

    1. Thanks. I like to watch them roam through, so I don’t mind them munching on my garden. I live in an area with lots of undeveloped space and we are rather overrun with deer so I don’t worry too much about their habitat. They do seem to think my yard is a wonderful table. 🙂

    1. We sometimes call them razorback deer, as there are times when they seem to eat everything. They especially seem to like to munch on the brances of my apple tree in the winter. I bet your deer really appreciate the standing perennials. I am not so kind, but they seem to have plenty to eat here, as the herd gradually grows. Cheers. 🙂

  2. Hey Jim .. oh they are just beautiful. And they are loving your garden. As much as they are adorable they would create havoc if they were at Frog Pond. Still feel like patting them though 🙂

    1. Hi Julie. Yep, if my herd of cute little deer spent a week at your farm, you would be very upset. So much for the broccoli. I am able to grow lots of flowers without losing too many, but serious effort at vegetables would require some substantial fencing. I have learned that the hard way several times over the years. 🙂

    1. Hi Margaret. Thanks. They are very handsome. Oh yes, they provide manure but not nearly enough to offset that which they consume. I think I provide a net gain opportunity for them. 🙂

    1. Thanks. I often feel that way (lucky) but sometimes when I am looking at a flower bed which has been eaten to the stalks, I feel otherwise. Nowadays, though, they are all fun and minimal harm. 🙂

    1. Yes, they do eat too much in the summer. Really, they eat too much all year round but we place more value on that which they are eating in the summer (like my pretty flower gardens!!) . Fortunately they are a bit more scarce in the summer. Present but scarce. I hope you have a great day Annabel. 🙂

    1. Hi Heartafire. I have heard that Florida is quite overrun with them. A smaller version of the same species, I hear. Thanks so much for the compliment. They are an easier photographic target than some of the nervous little birds. 🙂

    1. 200 hosta??? Yikes! You’re killin’ me. Last summer I was amazed that they didn’t eat our pretty sunflowers. Amazed. They LOVE sunflowers. And much of the rest of my pretty little gardens. Fortunately they don’t come around quite as much in the summer. 🙂

    1. Thanks. Yes, that is a squirrel. Deer and squirrels. Squirrels and deer. Always around in the winter, though I don’t usually capture them in the same photograph. 🙂

    1. No sir, haven’t named them. Nor have I shot them, though I expect you noticed their tendency to stand about and present me with an excellent shot. I mean stand about at stare. 🙂

    1. Thanks Stonka. Yes, we are lucky. They are most certainly to watch, though sometimes it is hard to not mind what they eat. But Hey! They are hungry. 🙂

  3. They are so beautiful! I wouldn’t mind having such gracious neighbors! 🙂 I once had a flock of wild turkeys visit and a wild ducks couple who return every year and swim in our pool while is still covered… 🙂

    1. Hi Sibella. I’m glad you like my gracious and hungry neighbors. We have wild turkeys in this area, but I rarely see them on this property. Glad you still had the pool covered when the ducks came. 🙂

  4. They are lovely but how do you manage to keep them off your flowers. We have deer all year ’round in our yard at night. I’ve been spraying around our garden with organic deer guard every couple of days in spring and summer, but they still level a lot of our flowers. Any suggestions?

    1. You hit the nail on the head. How to keep the pretty deer from eating the pretty garden? I take the “plant lots of flowers and hope for the best” strategy. Much of what I plant is directly sowed from seed, so with extra effort but not much more monetary investment, I can plant extra patches and hope the deer focus on them. If you note in my pictures, our property is split by a small ravine. The deer tend to walk through the “west side” and not so much through the main yard. I purposely plant plant patches of flowers on the west side to give the deer something to munch on, hoping it will distract them from the main gardens. It works pretty well most of the time. Not always. How we managed to grow such lovely sunflowers this year, I am not sure, as the deer will definitely walk through the main yard to eat sunflowers. I think they weren’t around here much early last summer when the seedlings were coming on and they missed the chance to east the best stuff. Hence, the gardens featured in the 2014 blog posts actually showed limited deer damage compared to other years. Once flowers like zinnias begin to bloom, the deer stay away from them. Must be that the smell of the bloom puts them off. That’s my strategy. I have tried the liquid deer repellant “stink water” but haven’t had much success with that. And yes, I have a dog. But she just watches the deer roam about and ignores them. Best wishes with your garden and your various garden visitors. 🙂

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