Every year the birds plant me a sunflower. This year’s is the best so far! One plant, lots of flowers.
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!)
Finally, flowers! Last fall I rushed around at the last minute, digging bulbs into the flower beds like a mad woman. I’m sure the neighbors are now convinced that I’m a little strange. But my strangeness has paid off and I now have splashes of color, albeit mostly yellow, around the house.
It’s not as many as I’d like to have. I want to recreate the glossy magazine photos where the flowers form carpets of color throughout the gardens.
Someday I’ll get there. I’ll add more bulbs again this fall- I’m sure in a hurried fashion. But for now, it’s nice to see the color after a long dreary winter!
|Tête-à-Tête, a very fragrant, miniature daffodil|