In the Garden This Week-Blanket Flower and Chomping Deer!

Blanket Flower, Gaillardia


I am a frustrated gardener this week.  I wanted to plant a variety of mums around my garden, only to find out that they are not hardy in Minnesota and are only planted as annuals!  This was news to me-even though I’ve lived in Minnesota for seven years…

I decided to hedge my purchase by buying three mums (annuals), three asters(perennials), and a Blanket Flower (Gaillardia)(perennial).  I planted them in the evening and by the next morning, the deer had stepped on the mums to reach the asters which they chewed down to base!  The only plant left standing was this lovely flower!  I love seeing the deer in my yard, but…I guess it’s back to the garden center for more (deer resistant) Blanket Flowers!

In blogging news…we have reached the 1000 followers mark!  Woo hoo!  Thank you to all who follow on a regular basis and those who drop by when you can!  We are so grateful to have you spend time at The Inbox Jaunt.   I have so much more to share…tutorials, projects, giveaways, recipes, photos,  surveys…

Also, you may notice that the site looks a bit different right now.  I have moved to a new blogging host and that brings a few new glitches and software for me to learn.  We will be changing our look going forward and I may have to take an occasional day off from posting…but trust me, I’m here–working on NEW things!  As I often say, I am much more comfortable behind my sewing machine than I am behind my computer…Wish me well as I wade through this…

5 thoughts on “In the Garden This Week-Blanket Flower and Chomping Deer!

  1. I love the deer too. However, I can’t feel the same way about them since my dog was recently VERY sick and it turned out to be Lyme disease—the only exposure my dogs have had are the deer that have walked by my fenced in yard!
    Happy Friday.

  2. Lori, I have daily deer problems too. My asters are nubs and my once lovely hosta are stems with no leaves. ACK!

  3. I love Black Eyed Susans, and the deer don’t seem to eat them as readily. But I have had to resort to an electric wire around my flowers! Also good are lupins, but the ground squirrels eat them! Good luck – the deer are beautiful but also a menace to growing things!

  4. I have the same problem with deer. My husband recently bought a book on deer resistant plants and we have high hopes for next year.

  5. We spray “deer off” or “liquid fence” and that seems to do the trick but it smells pretty bad.

    On another note I’d love to hear more about the updates you are doing to your blog. I find updating my blog completely fascinating and frustrating, or maybe I should say challenging. I love it for the mental challenge but I admit I run into all kinds of “walls”.

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