Monday, January 5, 2009

Thinking Ahead And The Winner Of The Giveaway

I know...it is only the beginning of January and spring seems forever away. But it is never to early to start planning your garden layout and outdoor landscaping jobs. If fact, I can't think of any way better to warm up, than snuggling by a fire with some great gardening magazines.

Here are my raised beds. First I used them for veggies. But they don't get enough sun. Then this past year I experimented with a flower cutting garden. It work really great! But as you can see below. The deer have discovered my raised beds this past fall.



Yep, she found the left over snap dragons....and had no regret at all walking through the empty bed to get to them


After finishing eating she wandered across my driveway and back into the woods.


So this winter, I am planning and dreaming of a way to keep the deer out of my cutting garden. I will be doing a lot of research, with magazines, gardening books and a big pot of tea.

For some great tips on planning your spring and summer garden, head on over to my Home Goods Blog.

Now, on to the winner of my New Years Giveaway! First I want to thank all of you for entering. And I really appreciate all of the comments on my Home Goods post too~you guys make me look good :-).

The winner is Brenda @ Spare Minute Cottage! Congrats Brenda!! I will be in contact with you for your address. And I will be by to visit all of you later today and this evening. Over 90 entries here and over 50 on Home Goods. I have a lot of visiting to do!!
Welcome Home,
Penny

44 comments:

Joan Kosmachuk said...

A border of daffodils will help keep the deer away!

Mimi Sue said...

Even though they are so cute they can be so destructive. I'm on my way to Home Goods blog. Mimi

TattingChic said...

Good luck with the deer thing! Congrats to the winner!

Carolyn said...

Glad we don't have deer here so I don't have to worry about them in my garden!
Carolyn

Donna said...

Sorry to hear the dear ate all your flowers. They are such lovely creatures though. I'm sure you'll figure out what they don't like and have a beautiful garden.

Congrats to the winner!

Hugs,
Donna

Jill said...

Hi Miss Penny,
I found your new blog! I had been absent from blogland for about a month, so now I am playing catch-up!

I will add your blog to my blog list! I sure enjoy seeing what pretties you come up with.

Ummmm another thing...this may sound funny, but I live in the country...and around here, men will do their "#1 business" around the edge of the garden, it is supposed to work as "marking territory". They say it works in keeping the deer out. Ummmm I am going to try this...but we can do this in the cover of darkness. Ummm if you live town...I really don't have any suggestions! HA HA, LOL....
~Jill
At Home in the Country

Stacey said...

What a cute but unwelcomed visitor. That deer looks very small to me.

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Congrats to your winner!

Oh, you're getting good advice for the banishing of deer from your garden. Has anyone mentioned saving the hair from the comb and brush and placing it in an old onion bag or something and hanging it about? LOL! That's an old-timer's remedy and whether it works is anyone's guess. Cute little deer, though...

glorv1 said...

I bet your garden will be blooming come spring. I love deer, but not in my garden, thank you. Congrats to the winnder, lucky girl. Take care penny and thx for stopping by.

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

Sure is a cute thing, but I understand why you don't want it anywhere near your garden! Last spring before the trees leafed out, I planted all these seeds, not taking into consideration the leaves that would soon come! Obviously, I didn't have much come up and do well in those shaded areas!
Brenda

Glenda said...

What about a small greenhouse that has a door your can close and lock to keep the deer out.

It's sad that they have to be sent away..

Ciao

ceekay said...

Oh...so beautiful! Poor flowers!
Thanks for stopping by and saying hello!

Lorri said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and your sweet comments. I have already started planning my flower gardens. I usually plant a few vegetables as well. I do not have much luck with container plants. have a great day.
Lorri

Naturegirl said...

Hello Penny! Deer in your garden! I know there are things one can grow to deter them but I can't think right now..best of luck happy researching!
hugs

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Penny, We grow lots of flowers including roses and have tried EVERYTHING imaginable to keep the deer from eating our flowers. We finally found something (Liquid Fence). We order it online (just google Liquid Fence) --and have used it for 2 yrs now --with no problems.

It's expensive--but it's worth spending the money to us. AND it stinks to holy heck---but the stink goes away quickly. As I said, it's the ONLY thing we have found that works. AND it doesn't harm the birds or anything else. Try it!!!!
Hugs,
Betsy

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Penny, I know that they can be a nusance, but oh, how precious she is! I just love deer! I'm glad you took these pics. :-)

XO,

Sheila

NeereAnDear said...

Congratulations to your winner!! I cant imagine anyone being unhappy about such a fabulous giveaway prize!!

Good luck with the deer... I did some research on the net trying to find a way to keep cats out of my yard and found some great ideas for deer...

HUGS

JO

Sue said...

Hi Penny....I'm getting ready to plant a raised bed salad garden this spring with the neighbor after being inspired by Manuela that you *can* grow things in the Georgia clay....thank goodness we have no deer....

Mary said...

Yes, they won't eat daffodils, or lavender, or siberian iris, or baptisia, or peonies...

or maybe just a stout fence is the answer. ;)

Wising you a very happy New Year, dear Penny!
xoxo,
Mary

tam said...

Congrats to the winner! I don't have a solution for the deer-we have the same problem here-we live in the woods-so guess we are in their home in a way? The little buggars ate just about all of my vegi garden last year! I think we might put up a fence?
~Tam :D

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

Sorry about the deer. At least they are cute?

Beverly said...

Those deer are beautiful, but pesky, aren't they?

Congratulations to the winner!

BailiwickDesigns said...

Will's grandmother always had deer wandering through her vegetable and flower gardens (this was in Indiana) and never did find a way to keep them out. They could jump over any fence. But I secretly think she liked them and didn't try too hard to shoo them away! ::Jill

CIELO said...

Thank you for sharing your garden thoughts... it's been snow snow snow here and I'm so missing my garden...

Have a lovely day, Penny!

cielo

Shelia said...

Oh, I know it must be something you don't like, but that little deer is so cute. I don't get to see them often! Probably wouldn't like them as much if they ate my plantings!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Anonymous said...

Hi Penny!
We had bunny problems with them eating flowers so I got on Goggle.com and typed in flowers that bunnies or in your case "deer" will not eat -- it brings up sites that will tell what they will not eat. Lantana is one that is deer and bunny resistant-- we had it and it did fine! Good Luck! Happy & Healthy New Year Penny! Enjoy your blogs!
Karyl

bj said...

Oh, my...the deer are so pretty and how great that you live that close to some...I have heard before, tho, that you can't have pretty flowers if they live close by. I hope you can find something that works...

Sharon Kay said...

I love deer but not in my yard, I hope some one out there in blogland has an idea on how to help you out on this problem that so many of us have in the summer.......Is it summer yet? It is so cold in Ohio and I am going to start thinking spring real soon.........I am having a give a way also so pleas come over to the cottage and sign up when you have a moment.

Penny said...

Hi Penny ~
Bambi is a beauty ~ Thanks for sharing!
Think Spring ~

FarmHouse Style said...

I have been thinking along those same lines. I am already in the mood for planting season. Oh, well. I will have to be content with planning for now.

Congratulations to Brenda on the goodies:-) Lucky girl.

I hope the storms don't head your way. We are flooding here and another inch or so is on the way.

Take care.
Rhonda

Shellmo said...

Penny - those photos of the deer was so precious! Hope she doesn't do too much damage! Congrats to the winner!

Brenda@Spareminute cottage said...

Thanks Penny!!!I have E-mailed you my address. I know all about the deers we have the same problem here.I have always been told that you can use soap shavings around you garden or human hair (like what your hairdresser sweeps off of the floor).My neighbors always hang shinny thing like pie pans from there trees ,they are not very pretty but they seem to work.Maybe you could make some mirror mosaic pieces that you could hang in your garden to discourage them form entering.
Thanks again
Brenda

Lavender Dreamer said...

OH MY! The joys of living in the mountains! We should be back in another week or so! Take care and CONGRATS to the winner! What FUN!

Sandra~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

Well I enjoyed looking at the deer photos. It seems you may have hope by some of the solutions that were given to you to help you out with this problem. Hope one of them will work for you.

Linda said...

Hi Penny,
Oh how cute, but it must be frustrating too. I hope you find a solution to your problem. Congrats to Brenda for winning your giveaway.
Cheers Linda

Rebecca Ramsey said...

What a beautiful deer. Thanks for sharing the pictures!

Nancy said...

Hi Penny, Congrats to Brenda! and Those deer are so cute, but they can sure destroy your garden...good luck! Nancy

Rue said...

Hi Penny :)

Congratulations to the winner!

I would hate them eating out of my garden too, but that deer is so sweet I might grow them their own ;)

hugs,
rue

Elyse said...

oh deer!

congrats to the winner!

xo

Susie Q said...

Congratulations to Brenda!!

I know they can be pests but isn;t she beautiful!

Love,
Sue

Miss Janice said...

Googness gracious...I have never had this problem, so I'm no help!

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

Hi Penny!

Oh I have to say, I know that people have such issues with Deer and I always feel so bad for all the flowers and gardens that get "eaten" etc, but oh she is so sweet looking. I guess its easy for me to say, because we don't have too many Deer, but they "look" so sweet! I know there are probably so many solutions out there, I hope you find one!!

And oh my, it is NEVER too early to think about Spring, Im dying for it :)!

Thanks so much for your visit, I always love hearing from you !! and my basket you made will make a "re-appearance" on my blog for a post about picnics in the spring, I can't tell you how excited I get thinking of that sort of picture! "oh Spring, hurry up"!!! :)

Much love, Cynthia

Miss Sandy said...

Hi Penny,
I am so glad you dropped in for a visit. This morning I had eight of those very same visitors in my front yard and they were having no problem stripping one of our bushes bare as they brunched on it! They are so beautiful but do damage the plant life. Have a wonderful weekend!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hey Penny, I have given up on a veggie garden because of the deer and last year just planted everything on my deck. I do miss the garden though. I have tried every remedy out there except for a 50 feet tall fence. (human hair, darling husbands #1, shiny things, Irish soap, fishing line) I did see on Martha Stewart the other night a guy said to mix a couple of eggs with a quart of water and spray that on the plants. Okay for a little garden but not a big one and it last for several weeks he said. Let's see if it works. :) Your tres chic tray looks very very nice. ~ Lynn