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Sam’s Garden Update

Things are perking right along on the transition from Spring to Summer here……………as usual we go from wet cool to HOT HUMID without batting an eye!    The stuff Mom planted on the deck, front porch and the few things in the yard are growing like weeds (come to think of it, some of them ARE weeds!).   Anyway, I promised an update and this is it!

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Mom used to have a whole lot of garden plots all around our big yard until the deer became immune to all the sprays to keep them away and ate everything in sight.   Now most things are on the front porch or back deck with a FEW exceptions.    So far the deer having come up on the front porch (thank heavens) or back deck!   Here are just a few really OLD photos of how things used to be “pre-deer and other critters”:

Back Garden

Hostas – gone….deer love them!

Backyard woods, trail, bench

Bye Bye hostas!

My nice shady back yard hideaway (one of them!)

Back yard landscape area

Lots of "delicious" impatiens.....GONE!

Lots of “delicious” impatiens…..GONE!

So that’s just a few of the areas Mom used to work hard to keep up but these days – it’s a lot easier to go out on the deck or front porch and water with a watering can!

I like gardening too…………………..

HAHA!

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Happy Thursday! 

Sam the Gardener

 

 

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  1. gardening is a good job… I like it too and I dig holes everywhere… you never know when you will need a good hole, right? I wish I had such a big garden like you Sammy… then my dad would get his the lawn mower ride he always wanted :o)

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  2. Your garden is so pretty, Sammy! My human is envious because she never has the time or patience to do any of this! Not to mention that the deer don’t come out this way, so if she ever wanted to plant hostas, they would be safe!

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    • My Mom LOVES hostas because there are so many different varieties including HUGE ones – but even the few she stubbornly clings to which are planted in a small garden right by our deck will eventually be eaten – the deer even came up to the front of our house over winter last year and ate our azaleas! If they’re hungry they’ll eat anything. We think if the woods weren’t behind our house we’d never see deer AND we have fewer of them now anyway – lots of construction around and they mostly have moved away from this area.

      Hugs, Sammy

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  3. Hi Sam, you have a beautiful garden. Poor deer, were he gets his vegetables now? I have also catnip, but I don’t like it. Dad says I have to go to a vet, because all the cats must like catnip.
    Have a nice day in your garden.
    Kosmo, a cat in faraway Finland.

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    • Dear Kosmo……know what? I don’t care for catnip either! But I do react a bit to silvervine – kind of like catnip only a different plant. As for the deer – they have PLENTY to eat down in our woods AND they also like to eat the sunflower seeds that we put in our bird feeders……they just don’t get to eat all Mom’s flowers anymore……..

      Love, Sammy

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  4. Here, mom said she can no longer feed the birdies as the deer always came to get all the expensive sunflowers hearts out of the feeder. She said she was paying $10 a sack, of seed to see it gone from the 5# capacity feeder within three days. She naievly thought there were even more masses of birdies coming until she saw to deer out there with their tongues in the feeder openings chowing down. She gave up after another month or so of throwing away money. She said her Hostas are gone too, and even two azaleas. She can’t even have her container garden on the DECK any more. No, not deer of course, but raccoons and possums climbed up the deck and destroyed the big containers of ‘maters and peppers and herbs. Mom said her son in NC due to massive construction, has an entire herd in his back yard every day. Yard and plantings are destroyed. xoxo Sammy. Love you.

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    • The poor deer are so hungry but it’s expensive with the bird seed AND all the plants “up in smoke” !! We really think the BIG problem we’ve had all these years is over now – just one or two occasional deer seen since when we first moved here there were no other big developments around but now there are and without as many woods, the deer have retreated (thank heavens!). They are destructive but beautiful beasties indeed!

      Love, Sammy

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  5. Your flowers and porch are looking lovely, Sammy. We have a lot of deer here also but they can’t get into our garden. They are usually in our fields eating the grass. They are very timid though and run as soon as they see people.

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  6. Hi Sammy,
    Why don’t you come over and (help me) do our garden?! I could really use an accomplished gardener. As to the deer: ours have indeed come up on the back porch and nibbled at the ferns there. And lately I saw them get up on their hind legs and eat leaves of our Bois d’ Arc trees in the front yard. Well, can’t be helped.
    Have a wonderful time, and hopefully not too hot and humid weather,
    Pit

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    • Hi Mr. Pit! Well, the deer are hungry and eat what they can no matter WHERE it is I think. I’d rather have THEM than bear – fortunately only one of those has come through our yard!!!! Happy gardening…..our weather has been hot but so far we haven’t had the horrid humidity we will get in a week or two!

      Love, Sammy

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  7. Your (and your Mom’s!) flowers are beautiful! Yep, my mom deals with the deer, too. Yesterday morning, she opened the curtains to see a deer ON THE DECK! Yes indeed, he walked up three steps. Now she’s going to have to start spraying the stinky stuff on those plants too!
    Love, Sundae

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    • OH NOOOOOO!!!!! Well, it was just a matter of time I suppose before they got bold enough to come up on the deck. We have five or six steps up to ours and Mom doesn’t think they’ll come up that far………..at least we hope not!

      Hugs, Sammy

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  8. Thank you for the tour, everything looks beautiful. You have a lot of colorful flowers and I love the wreath your Mom made. Deer are pretty, but they are destructive. XO

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  9. Awesome job your mom has done. And deer – they are everywhere partaking in the specialties of our yards. But between you and me cousin – come closer – I think I have a Bigfoot in my backyard. He smashes everything! XOXO – Bacon

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  10. It looks so pretty there! I hear you about the deer but for us it is the gray squirrels! I didn’t pot a thing this year… 🙂 The deer don’t bother our hosta until fall, knock on wood. I just love your front porch and the picnic table! Good Morning!

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    • HELLLLLOOOOOOOOO Misssssssourrrreeee! We have a ton of squirrels too but they just dig in our mulch and pretty much don’t eat the plants thankfully. Mom is glad to just have most of her “garden” on the deck and on the front porch though – sure is easier to take care of!

      Love, Sammy

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  11. Sammy…sooooo did the deer like their salad w ranch or light Italian dressing?
    We don’t have deer in our yard but dad finds evidence of chippies and squirrels digging in our potted flowers
    Hugs Madi your bffff

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    • I think they like bleu cheese! HAHAHAHAHA We used to see TONS of chippies – I loved watching them – but they seem to have packed their bags and left! Squirrels are EVERYWHERE though!

      Love, Sammy

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  12. Luv yur gardenin bib Unccle Sammy!
    Wee not know deer eat Hostass an Impatienss!!!!
    Good fing wee inn town far enuff there are no deer. Wee luv them butt wee luv our garden all so……
    An our weather iss just THEE SAME! Toe-tally weerd……
    ~~head rubsss~~ neffkitty Siddhartha Henry~~

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    • Hi Siddhartha! The deer seem to like those two things the best but they’ll eat ANYTHING when they’re hungry. Luckily our deer population is a lot less than it used to be……….but Mom likes keeping the garden up by the house now anyway so it’s all good!

      Love and Hugs, Uncle Sammy

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    • Our crabgrass is nice as well – Mom and Dad say “if it’s green, we don’t care” – – hahahaha……..same with the clover…..it may not be grass but it’s GREEN!

      Hugs, Sammy

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  13. Hi Sammy, your front porch and home sure are lovely! You and your mom have done a great job. We live in an apartment and so our mom has decided to try balcony gardening. She’s got cherry tomatoes, thyme, rosemary, dill, and chives. I figure with all those different plants, something is bound to grow and she won’t be disappointed, but we do face north, which is great on hot days, but bad for the plants that need sun. I don’t like catnip either and Oliver loves it a little too much! Thanks for sharing your photos today Sam!

    Love, Calvin

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    • Hi Calvin! Mom saw your Mom’s plants on FB and says GOOD LUCK! For years and years when she was in apartments she had balcony gardens and grew tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, and herbs BUT she always had a lot of sun. If you don’t get sun you will have a challenge…..Mom would also have a lot of flowers in pots. She said she made it as close to having a little “yard” as she could!

      Hugs, Sammy

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  14. Everything is so beautiful, Sammy. Your front porch looks very inviting. Mom would love to rock on one of those chairs surrounded by all the pretty flowers.

    Woos – Ciara and Lightning

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    • Thanks Cupcake! I like the stuff on the front porch bestest because I hang out on the porch….AND a bird is building a nest in the plant that’s on top of the bar stool! I can watch!

      Hugs, Sammy

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  15. Yep! Mes thinks a deck garden is purrfect!!! The only way Mommy and Daddy could keeps the deer out of the garden in Midway was fences! And the veggie garden was fenced in side the yard fence to keeps the dear out!
    Mommy sended a package to your Mommy today! Let’s see if it gets there faster from Vancouver than from Midway.
    Kisses
    Nellie

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    • Oh Nellie – a package? From YOU??? Oh be still my beating heart…….I can’t wait……..you’re a sweet friend. Mom’s garden is way easier to handle than back when she had one in the yard, that’s for sure. I can keep guard over this one from my window by the deck. I’m helping.

      Love, Sammy

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  16. Dang deer. However your lawn area is beautiful bus was even more beautiful with the flowers. Lucky for us there are no deer in the city here so we can have hostas….no impatiens though.

    Loves ya Sammy,

    Shoko

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