Bulbs & Deer

Anne McNeil amcdeubner@gmail.com
Sun, 08 Nov 2015 08:25:22 PST
Having many deer in my back woods where I garden I can say that the bulbs
that have been most untouched are Narcissus, Hyacinth, Colchicum, and many
of the small bulbs that are too low for them to bother with.  They love my
peonies, something I thought was supposed to be deer resistant and also eat
the native lilies. The leave the iris alone also.

I have tried the homemade deer sprays made with water, eggs, chili pepper
and Dawn soap.  The deer eat things anyway.  I have resorted to making deer
cages for my roses.

My method for deer cages, aka rose cages.  I make shorter ones for the
peonies with a top.

Siskiyou County, CA USA

On Sun, Nov 8, 2015 at 7:45 AM, Travis O <enoster@hotmail.com> wrote:

> I'll go with Judy's advice: scented leaves (example: most Lamiacea), fuzzy
> or thorny leaves (example: Boraginaceae), and outright toxic plants
> (Aconitum, Amaryllidaceae) are left alone by deer in my garden... usually.
> There is nearly nothing that wont be nibbled and sampled, particularly when
> the natural landscape is dry and native plants are dormant. The difference
> between a plant they love and one that they don't: The former is eaten to
> the ground while the latter is just eaten. They've even sampled Narcissus,
> jerks.
> Something I've had to contend with is the underground herbivores: voles.
> They happily eat the roots/bulbs of whatever the deer pass by (even
> Alliums, Echium, Echinacea, and plants in the Lamiacea).
> My recent goal is to acquire toxic plants like Aconitum, Toxicoscordion
> (Zigadenus) and some Amaryllids, apparently [mostly] ignored by both above
> and below ground animals.
> Travis Owen
> Rogue River, OR
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