|The double fence has been keeping the deer at bay. The outer border has been planted with seedlings of |
pollinator-friendly perennials. I may not get too many flowers this year as these plants get established.
|This nymph of a Wheel Bug looks like something from|
the movie, Starship Troopers.
|This 2-inch mantid was hopping from stem to stem in a patch of |
moss phlox as I was looking for a Tiger Beetle.
|Compared to the green sweat flies, Long-legged flies are aptly named. |
This 1/2 inch fly is a general insect predator.
You can tell deer damage by the ragged edges they leave where they tear off leaves and stems (deer don't have upper incisors). Rabbits have sharp teeth and will leave a clean cut, or they will consume a plant right to the ground.
|The buds on this Magnolia were being eaten off |
until I put on the chicken wire cage
|This Jerusalem Artichoke was being browsed to the ground until the fences went up. |
Now (June 27) these are 6-7 feet tall.
|This Filipendula was nearly ready to bloom when the deer |
ate off most of the upper growth. Note the rough edge
where the deer ripped off the tip of the plant.
Filipendula rubra (just once leaves and flower buds, not after hot pepper spray)
(The Lobelia had been untouched until yesterday.)
3. Resistant, so far
I did notice some evidence of moles digging around the property. For these I put down a perimeter treatment of MoleMax, a castor oil based product that moles and other burrowing species do not like.