Wordless Wednesday

Apples are looking good this year!

A Deer resistant garden in the Pacific Northwest

There are a surprising number of plants you can grow in the the garden, even when you are occasionally visited by deer.  The deer in my garden tend to leave the following plants alone.  There are a number of plants they will nibble on occasionally but not really harm, such as the summer spireas, golden chain tree, ornamental cherry trees, camellias, red maples, japanese maples, smokebush, mock orange,  and several more.

I have found deer tend to not prefer plants with strong scented foliage or ones with rough foliage.  Herbs do well.  With plenty of natives in the area, they only cruise through my back yard like a trip through the salad bar, picking up a few things that look tasty.  In winter when they are hungry, they are a lot less picky.

For a full sun garden:

For a part sun garden:


The Garden Before the Rain

In the Pacific Northwest, we thrive on rainfall. This afternoon forecasts call for a good soaking rain which is what we really need. My garden needs it. The mountains need the snowfall. We are woefully in need of rain. Lawns shouldn’t be turning brown in early June.

I am preparing myself for the rain in the best way I know how.

Cut the peony and rose blooms and bring them indoors stat! Being forced to enjoy the blooms in a vase on my dining room table is a sacrifice I’ll just have to make. (Sarcasm intended.)