I got a head start on my pruning this year. I usually wait until about mid-March.
A doe figured out how to breach the deer fence at the top of the slope. You know, the one that has been held up by wishful thinking ...
I haven't been outside much because the day temps have been in the low 40s for about three hours a day. That means temps are in the 30s or lower for the rest of the day. That's too cold for me to do anything except work on wood.
The other day I, when I was out getting more wood, I saw that something had been getting at my strawberries. Then I looked around. Every
rose had been deer pruned.
The only way deer can get into the house pad garden is through or over the fence at the top of the slope. So, I went up and checked. The doe was standing right there checking things out.
I found that a top rail of the one part of the fence where the deer can see into the garden had fallen off and am certain that's how she has been getting into what I thought was my deer-safe area.
I am too short to really repair the fence on my own. It's not safe to use a ladder in that spot. So, I cut a lot of juniper branches and tied them onto the part of the fence that is still in place making the fence look a lot taller. It's flatter on my neighbor's side of the fence, so when I can get some help, I'll do the repair on that side of the fence.
I knew I should have checked the fencing up there earlier in the fall, but I just didn't get to it. The deer was simply doing what deer do. I am the one that messed up.
btw ... the deer have been eating all of the buds off of my star magnolia out in front of the house. This is the first time in five years they have gone after the magnolia. The drought is not leaving them much to eat or the town herd has grown too large and will eat anything and everything.