Deer have avoided the primary rose garden for longer than anyone can remember. They avoid a large colony of carpet roses nearby also. (The carpet roses were relocated across the road from where they were, but did not go far.) I thought that some old canned roses could be about as safe in another landscape less than half a mile of winding road away. I was wrong. The primary phase of bloom was harvested by neighbors who walk past that landscape. Subsequent phases are mostly consumed by deer. I was surprised to find that these flowers lasted long enough to deteriorate.

1. There is not much vegetation that deer will not eat. New Zealand flax is one of the few species they ignore. It is primarily a foliar plant though. Bloom looks like dinky bananas.

2. Carpet roses often manage to bloom regardless of the voraciousness of deer. Bloom is generally too profuse for deer to eat all the flowers. Unfortunately, I loathe carpet roses.

3. I believe that the color of this particular rose could be described as ‘peach’. I am not at all proficient with color, so this is merely a guess. This cultivar seems to be a floribunda.

4. This rose initially blooms brighter yellow before fading like this. Of course, I have not seen it fade much in the past. I am impressed that this flower lasted long enough to fade.

5. Two buds peeking over the edge suggest that this pink rose is a floribunda too, like the peach rose #3 above. I can not identify any of the cultivars of any of these recycled roses.

6. Rhody apparently shares my disdain for carpet roses. I realize that this is not the most flattering picture, but I also realize that the worst picture of Rhody is the best of my Six.

This is the link for Six on Saturday, for anyone else who would like to participate: https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/six-on-saturday-a-participant-guide/

21 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Oh Deer!

    1. Well, we will not put much effort into protecting them. It would be better to recycle them somewhere else where the deer do not go, such as closer to the rose garden. I should have known better than to put them out there.

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    1. It is not as bad as it sounds. We know that deer live here. The roses are still healthy. We can recycle them somewhere else, where the deer avoid, such as close to the primary rose garden.

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  1. Yea, you know, any picture of Rhody, even that one. Deer, my Jane Doe went back to the mountain and all is well in my garden. Even the rabbits have been behaving themselves, and eating the large patches of white clover that grow in my yard. They can have that and I get to keep the plants that will make vegetables.

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    1. When I was a kid, a tortoise came out of the orchard to eat the dandelions out of the lawn out front. She lived with us for many years. It was weird. Although she was a reptile, she was not scary, well at least she was not scary once we got acquainted with her. She moved rather slowly.

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  2. I feel lucky that while there are deer around, they do not come into this part of town, or die on the highway trying. I have seen deer near the community garden, nice stream, nice wooded corridor for them to traverse…I mostly have to deal with ravenous bunnies.

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    1. Although they ate these particular roses, we are fortunate that there are other places that the deer avoid. Deer are very destructive just a short distance away.

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    1. The last pink or the first pink? I dislike the first only because it is a carpet rose. However, it is rather pretty. The second one is a pleasure to work with, but the flowers always look slightly sickly, even when fresh. They have that odd spottiness to them. I do not mind though, since I know that others like them. I am no expert with color.

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    1. What do you think of the aroma? I removed some from my garden in town because a neighbor found it to be objectionable. (She parked her car next to it.) I believe that is what it was. I have no idea how it got there, since I had never seen it in nurseries.

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      1. It doesn’t bother me. I put them in a place where nothing else will grow.. and they are thriving so far. Hopefully it is not too humid here. They’re difficult to grow from seed.

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    1. It would be helpful to know why the deer avoid the primary rose garden. I would like to replicate the deterrent if possible. I would like more of the now old fashioned hybrid tea roses that used to be popular in the Santa Clara Valley. I relocated some that I planted in the 1980s to my own garden, but they will not be as happy here.

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    1. Carpet roses bloom so prolifically that the deer can not eat all of their bloom. I would not mind relocating some of our crowded carpet roses to a more remote location if it would keep deer satisfied and away from the important roses.

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