Sunshiny sedum and oh deer


The late-winter garden cut-back continues, but spring has sprung as far as pretty Palmer’s sedum is concerned. Honeybees have been busy among the flowers, although I managed to miss them in this closeup.


While working in the lower garden, I heard a rustling in the greenbelt just behind the fence. Peeking through, I found myself in a staring match with these two dears before they turned tail.

There’s always something interesting going on in the garden, or just over the fence. How about in yours?

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10 Responses

  1. Phillip says:

    Both the sedum and the deer are lovely!

  2. Such pretty sedum. I could forego the deer. They are handsome animals. I am glad I haven’t had to deal with their rubbing, wandering and gnawing.
    Here I took down a pedestal I had made of bricks and found that a vole had lived in it. I knew one did because Annie has tried several times to dismantle the plinth to get to the voles.I didn’t know that they made ‘latrines’ in their lairs. Very gross. I never stop learning in the garden.

  3. Kris P says:

    The deer are SO much nicer when viewed from the other side of the fence! We’re only partially fenced, with the hedges serving as surrogate fences in some area; however, even solid fences don’t keep raccoons out and they’ve been paying me regular visits. I chased one out of the garden near 11pm one night but he apparently came back and went to work “aerating” my soil once I went to bed. I’m trying to accept the inevitable…

  4. Evan Bean says:

    Deer viewed through a fence are much nicer than deer viewed in a garden. We’ve had robins all winter, but this morning I heard their spring calls for the first time. Juncos pass through in swarms daily, making their rounds. No bees yet, though.

  5. rickii says:

    Oh, the dear deer…we love watching them. Cleaning up after them, not so much.

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