But this morning -- carnage again. The kale, beans, salvia, phlox. Ravaged. Enough.
I pulled out the beans and kale and the salvia in the veg bed. The phlox? It'll come back next year. I have been covering 2 patches of Yvonne's (one behind the privacy fence & one back next to the asparagus bed) with nylon net at night. Those are doing okay (well, let's just say they aren't dead). [Monday update: sometime during the DAY the deer came and ate all the plants in the bed by the asparagus. I hate deer. With a passion.]
Thank goodness for the bird bath bed. As I 'let go' the back beds, I find solace in this bed in front of the deck. Between these perennials and pots of annuals (and the lush growth of the bin cukes), I get to actually watch something GROW and BLOOM. Here my watering pays off. (And nighttime draping with nylon net.)
This bed never got a lot of attention before as I was always focusing on the big beds in back. This year, though, I've had time to tweak this area and right now it's looking very nice. And as these flowers fade, the mums will start blooming. Something to look forward to.
All through June and July I'd used up tons of energy, railing against the dying of the light (deer, drought, heat, wind). But now I've switched gears, pulled back, let go and have gone gentle into that good night, settling for my driveway zins, the birdbath bed and all the bench and deck plants.
I haven't given up. Nope. This is just a strategic regrouping to save resources. And my sanity. :-P