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Old 05-22-2012, 10:09 PM
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I was going to suggest mock-orange as a tree until I remembered that we had to build a cage round ours to save it from the deer.

If you like roses deer love them too, but the rugosas stand up to them pretty well.

They grow very thick and fast, and have wicked thorns which make them an excellent hedge rose. Their hips are gigantic, juicy, and delicious too.


Bleeding heart is safe from deer. They've never bothered my feverfew, calendula, or bee balm either.

I've also never heard of deer eating golden rain trees. Our neighbors have some and they're never touched.

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Old 05-23-2012, 06:51 AM
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Thanks guys. You are the best! There are a few nurseries near the house. One is about a half mile down the road, which could end up being pretty bad on the wallet. maybe I should make a rule that I can't drive down to the nursery, only walk.

I tried to convince Ben to let me just fence the whole property in. That didn't work too well. Plus the town has all sort of rules when it come to putting up a fence, especially fences up by roads. Now I'm just going to surround the property with pretty, thorny bushes.

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Old 05-24-2012, 10:15 AM
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Probably too cold in the Empire State for crepe myrtles, unfortunately . . .

However, for deer resistant ground cover, try hellbore. Bulbs, daffodils and crocus. Looking vaguely like crepe myrtle are butterfly bushes . . .

Also, anything outright poisonous is pretty much deer resistant . . . foxglove, for example.

The house is gorgeous!
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Old 05-24-2012, 11:03 PM
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I have no suggestions as I'm wildly buying pretty plants only to discover that I bought the wrong ones for the spots I picked them out for.... But your house and land is gorgeous!!
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Old 05-24-2012, 11:12 PM
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Beautiful house. I am jealous.

I am in the can't beat them... eat them crowd. Plant an apple orchard, put an electric fence around the fast growing eating veggies and yard, and get ready for shooting them in the fall .
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