Desperate Deer

There is nothing like a good snow to let you know

what goes on in your yard while you are not looking.

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The tracks tell the tales of who did what, where.

This last snow confirmed what we all ready suspected.

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The deer are desperate for food.

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They devoured all those rogue Kwanso daylilies on the bank during the snow.

Now they are eating the iris

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and the azaleas

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and Mondo grass

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and even the Holly ferns.

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Feed them Flower, you may think.  Save those desperate deer.

What am I going to do?

Nothing.  I have done too much all ready.

I have filled my yard with juicy vegetation

which keeps the females fat and fertile.

A female feasts.  A female fattens.  The doe goes into estrus.

Next she is pregnant and eating for two or three.

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Then she is a hungry nursing mother.

Soon the fawns need my flowers, too.

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Now, we have a hungry herd.

Feed them?  So the cycle can repeat again?  So the herd can get even bigger?

To slow down this cycle, there must be limited food.

I have made this artificial environment.

I am not Mother Nature. I have upset the balance.

So I must let them destroy my gardens,

until they eat it down and go away or stop reproducing.

FLOW

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