Do you fall in love with certain flowers at different
stages in your lifetime of garden making?
I seem to do just that and I get hung up on collecting different flowers which usually stems from falling in
love with just one flower that I have planted in a
In the Fall of 2008 I fell in love with lilies after
attending the local Lily Fest. The sponsors of the Fest
were a local couple, the Bishop’s, had planted beds and beds of lilies on their property. The beds of lilies were just gorgeous and the ones planted in some of the woodland beds really inspired me.
I had a few lilies growing in beds and liked the
effortless growing and beauty of them,
so that got the old brain to spinning and well I had this
piece of ground along the front of my woods so…
The “Woodland” bed was begun. I dug and dug and
planted up a storm. Of course you have to have more than just lilies so tulips, daffodils, coneflowers and many irises (which is another growing collection) were added.
The first Spring was a disaster because the local deer
population liked lilies and tulips too. Most were eaten
down to dirt level in one night alone and I was ready to take up the shotgun and declare my own hunting season on deer.
I was just heart sick to say the least. Those of you who have
these four legged eating machines know exactly how I felt.
So not wanting to go on a deer shooting spree because the
game wardens really frown upon it here and the fines are very steep, I had to be prepared last Spring for the sweet
little, doe eyed Bambi’s.
After reading and getting advise from several bloggers
and gardeners, I was going to take no chances so I
would just do all of the tricks.
I strung nylon cord around that whole section of the
woods around trees and on stakes to spook the deer
and get them to take a different path than the one they
were use to traveling into our yard. The nylon cord is
better if it is an invisible brand but I could find none
around here in the local stores. I also hung garlic clips
at different sections along the cord and I also used a
different brands of liquid deer repellants throughout
the summer. I did not want them getting use to just
one fragrance. although how anyone or thing could
ever get use to that smell is beyond me.
Prairie Blue Eyes
It paid off because the deer went a different direction
and I finally got to see some of the lilies bloom for the
first time in the Woodland bed last Summer.
Snow Princess Stargazer
While some of the lilies came back very well after their first chomping experience some did not bloom at all, but I am hoping this Summer they will bloom for me.
Unknown Orange Asiatic
Oh, I don’t know!
and of course Stella d’ Oro are some of the
ones that bloomed for me.
Along with other plants grown from seeds throughout
the last Summer were added, this Fall I added daffodils
and more irises along this bed for this Spring.
The woodland bed has some shade and some sun
so I can add a variety of plantings to it.
I can only see the Woodland bed expanding with more
and more plants in the years ahead.
(If I kill all of the deer)