Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Almost Wordless Wednesday


Salvia 'May Night' - something the deer do not eat - yet.  Blooms all summer and bees love it.  The deer eating all the flowers on plants is contributing to the loss of bee habitat and the bees themselves.

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  1. Bee loss is such a serious problem. You mentioned deer causing their loss yesterday. It seems to me that the powers that be who deal with this kind of thing would be advising action ought to be taken. You could always form a group of vigilantes to deal with the deer.

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    1. A couple of communities have done deer culls and hired sharp shooters. Folks get upset and want to stop the hunt. Like my sister who will carry an ant outside if she finds one in the house.

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  2. I love your picture and love this flower. Glad the deer do not eat this. I had a client who lost his business which was bee keeping. He actually mentioned it was a certain pesticide that the farmers are using which are killing the bees. This pesticide is no longer being used in Europe so the bee population is recovering but not here. I would bet it is more on this than the evil deer. Maybe there should be hunting done to weed out the deer and keep them in check plus one can get some deer meat which actually tastes pretty good.

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    1. Yes, the bigger problem is the chemical, but it was a bee keeper who mentioned the deer destroying flowers. He's had to start feeding his bees sugar water. Bees and hummingbirds love hosta flowers, but the deer come along and eat them before they even open.

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  3. Glad you found something the deer don't eat...I have a feeling you'll be planting a lot more of those!

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    1. Oh, yes. Every time I dig out a hosta or daylily, these are going in its place.

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  4. I have a good bit of 'May Night', but it blooms only in June and July for me - not all summer. Perhaps you are in a milder climate.

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    1. We had a very nice summer last year. And a mild winter. This year with the heat, it may just not continue to flower, but so far so good.

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  5. I had not heard of deer eating blooms and affecting bees - but it's interesting. We ca see the decline in bees right in our garden and when certain of our flowers bloom. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. I had a bee keeper living up the road when I first moved here and my garden was full of bees. Now, I do not even think about them they are so few and far between. Did see a few yesterday feeding on the hostas and they do like the slavia, but they are not the regular honey bees.

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  6. They're so pretty!!! I finally have a gardening space with some sun, and I love purple flowers. I'll have to keep them in mind for next year.

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