Another two inches of snow early this morning. It looks pretty, but I’m ready for spring.
As you may have already guessed from the many pictures of deer in previous posts, my new house is in the middle of deer country.
So… knowing how deer treat flower gardens as their own personal buffet, I’ve been researching plants that are supposed to be “Deer Resistant” for my new perennial bed in the front yard.
So far they’ve sampled only a few plants on the list (a Centaurea montana and the Cardinal vine –
Ipomoea), but have left them alone since.
Anyway, I also love my flower pots and usually line my porch steps and any other convenient place that begs for a spot of color. So I decided, after the deer ate my ivy gerainum off the porch last summer, to apply the Deer Resistant gardening to my flower pots as well.
Here’s what I’ve come up with:
Alyssum, dwarf snapdragon, sweet william, and corkscrew grass (Juncus) in a 20″ ceramic bowl. (oh, in case you’re wondering, I don’t use chemical fertilizers- I mix my own soil of peat, compost and a bit of organic dry fertilizer. The plants love it!). The Juncus isn’t on the resistant plant list but I thought it looked cool and I’m depending on the “undesirable” plant to protect it (fingers crossed!)
My herd of deer passed through the corner of my yard last night, browsing for something to eat. They looked so cold (Temps below 0* tonight), I actually felt sorry for them (sorry Sissy!).
|“You can’t see me when I duck behind this snow bank!”|
Over the winter the deer decided they liked my variegated pink and green sedum I had growing in a little clay pot on my front porch. They ate it completely level with the dirt and were rolling it around trying to finish it off.
I stashed it away, between some bigger pots of dormant hostas by my back door to save it.
Well it lived, and thanks to it’s haircut, it’s growing quite vigorously.
I’ve been listening to all the hype about Winter Storm “Q” for about two days now and that by the time it reached my area, there would be at least 6 – 8 inches of snow.
Well it was just starting to snow when I went to bed last night, so when I woke up this morning I looked out my window to see how much we had gotten… this is what I saw.
Only one deer hoof deep…..
- When I first met this little flower, I was introduced to it as the “wishbone” Flower.
- I wasn’t very impressed. They were featured in hanging baskets in the normal Peat mixture, which if you didn’t water it daily, dried out quickly resulting in burned and crispy plants.
- I did my best to keep them watered and presentable but like me, most of the customers passed them by.
- Last year, I was looking for an annual to
- put in my deck rail basket that would tolerate shade most of the day.
- I looked at my options but didn’t really want to do Impatiens again.
- I remembered that the Torenia liked shade and decided to give it a try.
- I put three little white flowered plants in the basket along with my special mix of potting soil and kept it well watered all summer. Once it got established, it grew like crazy.
- Well, I was very happy with it.
- This year I bought eight plants of the purple and planted the basket right away.
- It filled in quickly and the heat hasn’t fazed it one bit.
- It’s defiantly my new favorite!
|Torenia fournieri ~ If you look closely, you will see a ‘wishbone’ just above the yellow. It’s also been dubbed ‘Clown Flower’. If you look at it for a bit, you’ll see a silly smiling face!|
|Unopened flower buds|
- Here’s some features~
- Light:Part Sun,Shade
- Soil: Average to Moist
- Plant Type:Annual
- Plant Height:8 to 12 inches tall, depending on type
- Plant Width:6-9 inches wide, depending on type
- Landscape Uses:Containers,Beds & Borders
- Special Features:Flowers, ~ Deer Resistant! ~