Remember the salvia bed back by the asparagus?
How I would throw nylon net over the Yvonne's and Blue Bedder salvia every night to thwart the deer?
How I would remove the net during the day so hummers and bees could get at the blooms?
And how, one day, the deer came during the DAY and ravaged the bed?
Well, by keeping the net over the bed 24/7, most of the plants have rebounded and started to bloom again.
Trouble is, having the net on during the day is driving the critters crazy. The bees are smart enough to find their way UNDER the net. Alas, they can't find their way OUT.
The hummers, meanwhile, get nothing. :-(
What good are flowers if you have to cover them up just to save them from the fracking deer?!
I remembered from somewhere (reading? conversation? forum?) that deer don't like uncertain footing and getting poked in the eye.
Hmmm, the footing around here is as sound as it gets - baked hard and easy on the hooves.
But - poking in the eye? Well then ... let's try THIS!
We'll try the porcupine approach. *snark*
At least now the GOOD critters have a chance to get at the blooms. Keep your fingers crossed.