We Have Roses in Bloom in Our Yard!

This is probably the most frustrating year we’ve had for growing roses since we moved here 20 years ago. In addition to the weather — extremely high temperatures, too little rain, too much rain — we’ve had continuing problems with the deer that live in our area (where they are protected).

Deer seem to think that roses make delicious meals and they wiped out every bud on the plants in our yard twice this Spring. The things we used to keep them away in the past (Liquid Fence and other repellents) didn’t phase the hungry critters at all.  We were able to move some container roses onto the deck where the deer didn’t bother them, but the roses in the yard were one big buffet table.

In desperation we connected a garden hose to a motion detector and turned it on each evening, leaving it on until morning. Once we saw a young deer walk into a flower bed; the detector picked him up, the water came on, and the deer beat a hasty retreat. We’ve also seen deer making a wide detour away from our yard, which is fine with us.

We finally have some roses in the yard in bloom! An added bonus to this method of deterrence is that the roses often have water droplets on them, like the droplets on Wildfire in the picture above.

It’s so nice to have roses in bloom!

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6 Responses to “We Have Roses in Bloom in Our Yard!”

  1. Dayphoto Says:

    YAY! I’m so glad you figured it out and have ROSES!!!

  2. Betsy Says:

    Thank Goodness for Amazon recommending the “Water Repellent”….. Keeps the deer and other critters away AND gives the flowers a drink of water when it works. I think the Roses that are blooming now are more loved by us this year than ever before. AND they are gorgeous. Great picture of Wildfire!!!!

  3. rhiebert Says:

    I’m glad you found something that works and doesn’t harm the deer and even helps the roses.

  4. Jeevan Says:

    Wow, what a clever idea to keep deer at bay while also refreshing roses! The raindrops give the roses a glossy appearance. Beautifully captured!

  5. diane Says:

    Well done George.

  6. Lrong Says:

    The deers must have loved the sweet taste of your pretty roses!

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