Friday, July 10, 2009

On the Bright Side

In the long run the pessimist may be proved right, but the optimist has a better time on the trip. ~Daniel L. Reardon

I spent some time in my gardens yesterday, really taking a look at what had been done, what deer resistant plants I might already have that I can move around and what I have that hasn't been touched.

I may take a page out of Maria Zannini's book and plant irises and other deer resistant plants around my vegetable garden (I have foxglove, jacob's ladder and more that I can use -- it's all fairly tall, and if I plant things like chives and oregano at the base it might work).

So, despite the chipmunks doing this:

And the deer doing this:

I still have:

And I even have my very own haunted house spiderweb maker:

So, who am I to wallow and complain?



Dru said...

I love the spiderweb.

I love you what still have. Will you plant the iris this summer or is it too late?

Have a great Friday.

Sarita Leone said...

I'm heartsick over the animals using your yard as a buffet. It's hard to see it, especially when you've put so much of yourself into the planning, planting and growing. I'm sorry. If you lived closer I'd share some of our tomato plants with you.

But I do love the gorgeousness you've still got growing! Oh, your hollyhocks are wonderful! I've yet to plant any in our yard, but I've got plans to do so. Thanks for sharing with us.

Hope you have a great weekend.

Diane Craver said...

So sorry to hear about the wildlife getting into your garden again.

Your pictures are beautiful - thanks for sharing. I love the colorful shots.

I gave you an award on my blog!


MomJane said...

Thanks for the pictures, especially the black hollyhocks. I wanted to plant some here, but don't have anyplace to plant them. I do have the seeds, and I am saving them.

Good luck on your garden. What you do have is beautiful.

Maria Zannini said...

The flowers are gorgeous!

I'm having trouble getting anything to bloom with our triple digit temps right now.

ooh...I just thought of wind chimes. Maybe the bamboo kind that makes a lot of clacking noise. That might deter deer. Years ago we also draped old tape from video cassettes across the garden area. The flapping spooked the deer and left our corn alone.

Not very pretty, but it worked.

Tori Lennox said...

You probably already know this but I heard yesterday that daffodils are poisonous to deer and/or chipmunks (I forget which) and they avoid them.

Hugs again!!!

The Crazy Woman Inside Me said...

Beautiful pictures! It’s a shame what the deer and chipmunks did. We have giant spider webs out here in the Pacific NW too. Totally freaked me out when we moved from Chicago to very green Oregon 10 years ago and were suddenly inundated with Buick-sized spiders and everything else that comes with lots of foliage.

Marianne, just wanted to let you know that I also posted a comment to your other blog after I spotted it on your profile page. Love the blubber butt name! LOL


Anonymous said...

Oh wow they def have taken a chunk out. Must say the plants you still have are just beautiful!!

Melissa McClone said...

Whine away.

But that spider is way cool!

Brandy said...

What you have left is beautiful! And that spiderweb is pretty in it's own creepy way. *G*
I hope you're having a good day!

Jennifer Shirk said...


The rabbits ate my lillies. :( But I still have some other flowers left, too.

Sugy said...

Great website you have here. And not to miss the photographs. Keep it going.