The Not Eaten Treasure

I will start this post with a beautiful new flower

that opened for the first time this morning.

It is a ‘Splendens’ Tiger lily, Lilium tigrinums.

It has my two favorite colors peachy/melon orange with plum-colored spots.

I am extra grateful to get to see this bloom this morning.

Hundreds of my other blooms did not have the opportunity to open this morning,

because they were eaten by deer last night.

Have I put my heart in transient treasure?

Twenty-eight years of carefully planning and tending my gardens

to become a high-dollar delicatessen for deer?

My living jewels eaten by marauding mammals.

Is this really how one should invest one’s time, money and energy:

to supply the locals with exotic cuisine, free-of-charge?

I must say the FLOWER is feeling rather foolish.

So today, I will enjoy my treasures that have not been eaten.

I need to love things that are not edible…

like my bunnies.




26 thoughts on “The Not Eaten Treasure

  1. OMG! The darn deer! I can’t plant anythign with flowers in my front yard, the deer eat everything! One time my backyard gate was left open and I still remember the next morning my entire rose garden, lillies, and flowers were eaten down to nothing! I rememeber crying that mornng. I feel for you!!

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      1. Oh I’ve felt this way many times when the wild bunnies were coming into my back yard and eating everything! I told my husband I’m going to plant a garden with just green bushes and succulents and I’m done with flowers, and he told me I would never do that – its just not in me. We Gardeners are eternal optimists – I’m sure you’ll find a way to enjoy your gardenng AND keep the deer and arms lenght. Good luck!!


  2. Very nice lily! I suffer the same dilemma with deer. My veg patch is closest to the hedge and is often decimated just as crops are almost ready. My own fault for lining things up and growing them on sticks for them, I suppose!!

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  3. I know exactly how you feel but please don’t despair. The plants will grow back, we find alternatives, we fence where we can. We find a way. It’s the nature of the gardening beast. x

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    1. I should post all my creative solutions. I placed chicken wire on the ground and popped many 4 -foot, green sticks in it as a warning. (I did not want the fawn to get entangled) Then covered the point of each with a colorful glass ball. I was afraid a deer might poke its eye out. It is rather lovely in a Dr. Seuss sort of way. Everybody’s mama!


  4. I have a daylily “Lusty Leland” that lost 90% of its buds to nibbling deer. The odd thing is this is the first time it’s been eaten, even though it’s been here for about 10 years. I’ve noticed not all deer like the same things. Last winter my geraniums (Pelargoniums) were nibbled. I didn’t think anyone would appreciate those, with their strong smell.

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    1. I think all the stars were aligned for this. We have always had dogs outside. No more. My husband hooked up the sprinkler system just to keep my plants watered while we were on vacation. The deer just followed their noses to lushness an ate uninterrupted for the first time. They must have gorged themselves. Thanks for the comment.

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      1. Well, here is my take from decades of residential work. Drill holes in a whole bar of IS and hang it like Christmas ornaments.Make your husband pee in the backyard or perennial border. (men seem not to want to do this) Find the rotten egg hot pepper sauce anti deer spray recipe.Plant lavendar and juniper. Tips from clients over the years.Or put bales of hay in someone elses garden

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  5. Oh dear! Oops no pun intended, I promise. I do know what you are going through. We’ve had years when badgers have come into the garden eating all kinds of things. This year it’s been moles – they don’t eat plants or roots but tunnels under newly planted tomatoes meant virtually re-planting them. 3 times!!!

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      1. Badgers are quite fierce, they love sweet things, one year they ste my melons, last year they broke the fence to eat the mulberries. This year all the fields around us have melons so they should be happy; and the farmer not so much!!!!

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