It was all going so well; the roses were leafing up nicely with fresh new shoots emerging, the Clematis had erupted back to life from a dead winter and were racing skywards, then this thing turned up to spoil the party:
Here, the deer is helping itself to the fresh new shoots of the recently emerged day lilies in that border. After taking some pictures it quickly out-stayed its welcome and was shoo-ed off back to the woods, whence it came. We had deer damage last year when they munched the fresh new shoots of the recently planted honeysuckle and climbing roses. This year, they’ve had another go at the climbing roses, nibbled on the day lilies and shock-horror, chewed the new shoots off one of the clematis in the trugs at the front! The nerve! It was all going so well too!
Deer nibbled Clematis
There’s not much that can be done to deter deer apart from using a physical barrier such as temporarily surrounding growing plants with robust chicken wire. This is something I might have to investigate as at the moment, the garden is a deli for deer and I’d prefer it wasn’t used as a Pret-a-Manger by the wildlife passing by.