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Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter Region: California Plant Identifier
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wcgypsy
May 30, 2014 10:14 AM CST
There is this silly little rose in front of the living room window and I haven't bothered with it, planning to pull it out when we start working on the front of the house and yard. Not planning on having any roses here and deer eat roses and it's well, RED.

Well, I'm starting to get attached to it...lol...I'm sure it's been here for a very long time as this place was a rental for a long time and I'm also sure that nothing has been done to it, or for it for that same reason....and the deer have apparently never eaten it...hmmm, then I find out that deer do not eat all roses and so will not bother this one. We do get gophers here also and likewise, the gophers have never eaten this one. I'm now thinking that this rose will get to stay....

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I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
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Name: Liz
Santa Rosa, CA (Zone 9b)
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Lizzipa
Jun 2, 2014 3:04 PM CST
I feel the same way about red roses... but you've got give it points for persevering & winning its way into your heart! I didn't know there were roses that deer don't eat...
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter Region: California Plant Identifier
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wcgypsy
Jun 2, 2014 4:25 PM CST
I didn't know that about the roses either...I thought they were all goners if you had deer. I think that what is endearing to me is that the blooms of this rose are small and clustered, never fully opening.....and the color is a bright, ' cheerful, cottage-y' red. I can tell you for sure which plants among those I've planted are difinitely deer proof...at least to 'my' deer...because last night while I was sleeping, deer were creeping. I have planted only allegedly deer-proof plants, but I've been bringing plants home from a friend and a few of those are not considered to be deer proof. Once I got them home and checked on the, I knew there was risk, but thought it small. The deer like cornus / Dogwood. I have a few dogwood trees that I've not planted, but did put 3 dwarf Arctic Fires in the ground and I see that the deer were nibbling on them last night. Nothing else on the property was touched and I don't want to dig those, so I will try the various suggestions for discouraging the deer, but not plant the remaining dogwoods. I also have a couple of Ninebark Coppertinas that I don't want to give up, so I will keep those containered until we have fencing and other deterrents up, hopefully. The ninebark are practically guaranteed to be deer food.
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."

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