My Missing Flowers

The first year we moved out to the country we planted a whole field of sunflowers along with a big garden. I had so many tomatoes, squash, zucchini, gourds and flowers I was giving them to anyone in the county who would take them. The sunflower field was unreal and so happy and sunny. The next year...bam...the deer hit and ate up everything. I guess the people who had lived in the house before us hadn't had a garden or many flowers and the deer just hadn't found us yet. Last year I planted the sunflowers in a different field, strung fishing line around it, hung aluminum plates and wind streamers around it, collected cut hair from my hairdresser and scattered around the flowers along with zest soap. The sunflowers managed to grow and bloom but about the time they came into full bloom, nothing I had done would deter the little darlings and they mowed the sunflowers down within a week.....they even slept in them. I don't think I got more than three bouquets from it that year. This year we tried again.....planting the sunflowers closer to the house thinking that Ben, our big dog, would help keep them away...but nope,..... didn't work. They ate the little plants all up before they were even six inches tall. This morning there was an article in our home town newspaper about keeping the deer away from your garden. One couple said that they had put up motion detectors and when they went off a spray of water would frighten the deer away. Sooooo....next year I will try again and use that method. The photo with this post was taken a couple of days ago. As I was coming up the stairs I looked out the foyer window and there was a young buck, a doe and their two little fawns in the front yard. I do love to see the deer but I just wish they would let me have my sunflowers. My zinnias did manage to survive though. I love zinnias and their bright colors especially at the end of summer. This morning I picked a bunch and added some acuba with it. The bright green and yellow leaves look especially pretty with the zinnias. Have a great day!


Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

ummmhmmm deer and determined ...but I hope you do find a way to have your sunflowers. I had a nice little patch when we lived in SC and it is such a happy sight.


Unknown said...

Oh Lynn! Isnt it funny how beautiful deer and bunnies are ~ and you love to see them but they just destroy our gardens and flowers!! I really want hostas but I know those deer will eat em' right up! And you all know how much I love bunnies but they do the same! I hope you are able to find a way to have your sunflowers! Oh how I love sunflowers! They make me smile whenever I see them!

Hugs and Smiles,

Shannon said...


I'm really sorry to hear about your sunflowers. I understand how frustrating that is. We had the same problem in our veggie garden this year. We got a product called Liquid Fence. You mix it with water and spray it on the plants you don't want them to eat. It smells awful until it dries, but it works! It's a bit expensive (4 gallons worth was $30something), but if you value your plants, it's worth it. You're supposed to spray it on weekly, but the deer stayed away for 3 to 4 weeks with one spraying for us.

I hope you find something that works for you! Better luck next year!

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