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Every Spring we purchase hanging flower baskets from Menards in Minot. I don't go "whole hog", we usually purchase the cheapest ones on sale for about $6.00.

They seldom last till the first killer frost because we often lose interest and the sun bakes them to death due to our lack of diligence.

This year was a little different as I watered them nearly every day because of our drought so I never really forgot about them. What was different was that two of our baskets hung in our garden area that is fenced off to keep out the deer.

About three weeks ago when Carol and I decided we had our fill of tomato's and squash we took the fence down. Over night the deer came in and ate nearly everything including the flowers... right down to the dirt!

As you can see some of the plants in the pot refused death and started to grow back. Today the first bloom appeared with another close behind. The growing season continues for it and several other plants now in my office.

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Comments (14)

Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Deer can be real heartbreakers when it comes to gardening.  At my house, I use to have a small pond.  The raccoons treated it like it was the own private Playboy Jacuzzi.  The work to keep it clean from their muddy shenanigans, prompted me to take the pond out, and put in a dry creek bed, with Baby Tears and Ferns.  However, I now not only have raccoons, but possums, and a skunk that think it fun to dig up the dirt and baby tears and toss it out onto my brick patio.  I suspect they are looking for grubs.  I put up motion activated lights to distract them.  Alas, it hasn't helped much.  I am thinking of putting in a critter cam.  At least I might have a little entertainment.

Oct 22, 2021 01:29 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Racoons can be very dangerious Myrl Jeffcoat , especially for pets. Lucky for us I've only seen one once (when I was trapping ferrel cats I caught one).

Oct 24, 2021 04:32 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Bob... I love impatiens... too sunny and hot here for them, sadly. My yard is fully fenced front to back and I've not had any deer issues fortunately. My potted geraniums are still blooming... it's been nice and warm here.

Oct 22, 2021 02:01 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

I have a fence as well but unless you fence is at least 5' they will get in here Nina Hollander, Broker . I've seen them jump some pretty high fences, it's amazing!

Oct 24, 2021 04:34 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

As that little plant is working so hard to offer color, it should be taken to a protected area so the deer don't clip it as well.

Oct 22, 2021 02:11 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Point well taken Ed Silva and now if they want a bit out of it they will have to come into my downtown office for a bite.

Oct 24, 2021 04:36 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Bob "RealMan" Timm the deer had a good meal, and didn't care of your hard work to rise flowers. Have a great weekend!

Oct 22, 2021 02:36 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

It had a least I nice snack John Pusa . Perhaps it did the plant a favor as I probably would have just chucked it but I had to see if I could save it from this disaster.

Oct 24, 2021 04:38 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Hi Bob,

Oh the deer...that eat everything.  I really enjoyed your cleaning solution of it, and glad some buds survived.  Wishing you a great weekend. A

Oct 22, 2021 03:06 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Thank you Ron and Alexandra Seigel . I'm kind of glad the disaster happened as it motivated me to clean the pots up and bring them to the office.

Oct 24, 2021 04:40 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Hey there Bob! You sure did have me wondering what the title meant. LOL

Oct 22, 2021 03:45 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Thank you Rocky Dickerson . You might like my newest post as well with it's catchy title. It's fun when you can make them work.

Oct 24, 2021 04:41 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Bob "RealMan" Timm  We do not get many deer here but we do get some. I will say it is unseasonably warm not complaining mind you. Lots of squirrels funny little creatures and many other animals. The only thing that destroyed the plants around here was the terrible hail storm we had 

Oct 22, 2021 07:10 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Hail storms certainly can be horrible Hannah Williams . It's been a while sinse a serious one has passed through Minot... thank God!

Oct 24, 2021 04:43 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Bob- your story reminded me of all of the caladiums I once planted in front of our home in Leesburg, VA. The next day the deer thought I'd planted them just for them and they were gone. 

Oct 22, 2021 07:27 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

I will bet they were happy deer due to your efforts Kathy Streib . Did you swithch to Mirigolds? I hear nothing bothers them.

Oct 24, 2021 04:45 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Bob - your title and the post itself bring more importance to the word patience whether in the garden or any aspect of life.  

Oct 23, 2021 03:42 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Thank you Michael Jacobs I was thinking the same thing. At 67 years of age I still have much to learn about the benefits of patience.

Oct 24, 2021 04:47 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Bob - those pesky deer!  This is why I don't bother planting vegetables.  I am just not the attentive.

Oct 23, 2021 04:04 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

I am more attentive to flowers than vegetables Grant Schneider with the exception of the first few ripe tomatoes on the vine.

Oct 24, 2021 04:48 PM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It is always nice to see new growth from seemingly nothing and that is definitely a nice-looking bloom!

Oct 23, 2021 05:55 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Thank you Brian England . When I dropped off a couple of things at the office today (Sunday) there were two full blooms standing proud... it was very nice.

Oct 24, 2021 04:50 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Our last dahia of the season is now on display in our kitchen. 

The only flowers we have in our pots is some Gerbera daisies.

Oct 23, 2021 07:05 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Understood Roy Kelley . Several of the plants I brought in recently were NOT potted so I had to scramble to find some.

Oct 24, 2021 04:51 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Bob.

Just imagine what it will look like next Spring..  Have fun

Oct 24, 2021 02:07 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

I hope I can keep them alive (and myself) that long James Dray . Nice to see you!!!

Oct 24, 2021 04:52 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Bob we've got some plants that just never seem to give up, much like yours.  Vinca's and I see Gary has managed to bring 4 pots back to life again!!  It's kind of fun as they'll kee growing all 'winter' long here in Phoenix - and all next summer until it gets to hot (August).

Oct 24, 2021 01:32 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

It sounds like Gary and I share a passion when it comes to plants Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker .

Oct 24, 2021 04:53 PM