It's a good thing they're kinda cute because gardening with deer around can be a challenge. Most of the time I'm okay with it and select plants accordingly.
On Sunday I took this photo of a red shrimp plant for my Garden Bloggers Bloom Day post.
A few hours later I walked through the same spot and noticed all but one of those same blooms missing.
I knew right away what had happened. The deer, again. Even though I had been out in the yard much of the time and they don't usually bother shrimp plants.
So I looked around....
I didn't have to look far because these two were over by the creek grazing and watching me. They even waited while I retrieved the camera and calmly posed for their mug shots.
I was surprised they went for the shrimp plants since one neighbor has a large bed of them right next to a popular deer hang-out by the creek. Very few plants are completely deer proof.
Later in the day I found this damage to a Bush Morning Glory in the front yard so it will have to move behind the fence.
We also planted a row of Hesperaloe parviflora along the driveway Sunday afternoon. The next morning several had been pulled out.
Deer typically inspect new plants this way so it wasn't a surprise even though hesperaloe are not palatable to deer. My husband put them back in the ground and there was only a little damage since these are pretty tough plants.
In the last two cases, the "perp" made a clean getaway. That's a lot of damage in just two days.
It's all part of living with deer in the neighborhood.