The Fight for Flowers

It is hard work protecting my precious plants from the local deer herd.

I have to be diligent. If I wait, it is too late.

This week I noticed the front of my ‘Professor Sargent’ Camellia japonica was missing.

Yes. the entire front of an evergreen shrub had been eaten overnight.

Good thing I keep a selection of posts and fencing handy.

Now Professor Sargent’s front and flowers will be safe.

‘Professor Sargent’ Camellia japonica

I circled the yard to check on ‘White by the Gate.’

White by the Gate

It was safe and blooming inside its year-round fencing.

Edgworthia also has its own enclosure.

I am not sure if the flowers would get eaten, but the leaves were nibbled on last fall.


I guess I will start enclosing my daylilies as they sprout.

No point in growing snacks for the local wildlife!


9 thoughts on “The Fight for Flowers

  1. Gorgeous Edgeworthia!
    Deer are so annoying to the gardener. I’ve started planting only deer resistant plants (still, no guarantees) to avoid the caging of lots of plants. Shrubs are vulnerable in winter and my tender annuals/perennials are summer eats for them as well. So many net bags of pieces of Irish Spring soap look like Christmas ornaments!

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    1. I have started that too. My garden is thirty years old. The deer problem is recent. They never ate my one camellia ‘Jean May.’ I have planted two more that seem irresistible. I read they did not eat Edgeworthia, I guess they just taste it. ha

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  2. I ran around squirting deer repellent on crocuses today. It’s good that you have supports for the netting around the camellia; the local deer have figured out that they can chew leaves and netting and swallow the leaf pulp, leaving the netting behind. So merely swathing a shrub in netting won’t work.
    That Edgeworthia is amazing!

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    1. One of the herd knows me, so I guess the rest are less afraid. That’s what I get for being nice. I do not feed wildlife…except for the runt chipmunk that Charlotte thinks is her baby. It survived the winter. It is the size of a gerbil.

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