complained mentioned yet that we have deer in our wooded valley this year? I'm feeling pretty calm about it, assuming as I do that they won't stick around longer than a week or so - because that's been their pattern the few times they've appeared and because I can't get my brain around the notion of gardening with deer that don't go away. I've seen the chronic frustration of the deer-plagued gardener. I've sensed the violence swelling up in the gentlest of animal-huggers.
So let's just say I feel your pain, deer-plagued gardeners, and I'm having sad feelings about these beauties because I won't see them this year. They were scarfed up before they'd really unfolded into their glory. In the photo above, how about this combo of 'Frances Williams' with Celandine poppies and the white blooms of an azalea?
On the right is another winner that's long gone this year, the Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans', pictured with the blooming Green and Gold (Chrysogonum virginiana 'Pierre"). Sigh.