March into battle


After the Williamsburg and Smithfield delights, we returned to winter white. While I waited for the melt I gave into the lure of catalogs. Not that I planned to garden this year, but the ground is calling me.Garden planningThrough the light snow loom piles of brush waiting for me and then our best tree guys to get things in order but I thought it might not hurt to look… and a couple of days later, the sun was warming and signs of spring beckoned to me.

jonquil startsAnd I found that the bambi-ites having wrecked havoc on azaleas, rhododendron and blueberries this winter, now march through the garden just outside the kitchen door and drink the birdbath dry. (My most creative efforts to keep them from the bird feeder failed.) They had eaten tiny shoots of new growth daylilies and tried out the iris leaves.  There was quite a mess from stomping about. You may not be able to tell, but this is deer print.deer printOut came the jug of “go away bambi-ites“; battle has been engaged with the sprayer.

That said, the last days of March were glorious making the yard clean-up rather joyous. My chore list for the house gathered more dust as I worked through the hours picking up sticks, stacking wood, raking debris and enjoying signs of new life. I hope spring has shown up in your neighborhood!snowdrops.

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  1. Cathy

    Oh, yes, I recognize deer tracks! They like to come up to the back of the house and eat my hostas. I think they’ve left my azaleas alone for the most part. Most of mine are in the fenced area in front of my house–although, the fence is low enough to step over if they really wanted to come in. I know this because last year I found an injured (lame back leg) sitting in my flower bed! When I came out to see, it got up and hobbled away. We’ve seen as many as 14 walk through our woods in a line this winter. I’ve wondered how they’ve managed with so much snow cover. It seems they’ve taken to eating your garden plants! I hope your plants will all recover.

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