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Successes & Failures

November is a good time to evaluate our successes and failures during the past growing season.

The deer left a few of my daylilies alone this year.

November is a good time to evaluate our successes and failures during the past growing season.

The deer allowed me to see a few of my hundreds of daylilies bloom this summer. It’s probably five years of so since I last saw any daylilies bloom in my yard, so I was very happy, as my daylily plants have in the recent past served merely as a green ground cover while the deer munched all the buds off. True, the daylily foliage serves a useful purpose stifling weeds as a good ground cover should, but I had missed all those beautiful blooms when the deer deprived me of them.

Another success this year was a new-to-me spray that I used that helped deter both deer and rabbits because it had some coyote blood in it. Because of this ingredient, it leaves a red-brown color on the plants and on the gardener’s clothes if you’re careless, as I was when I foolishly sprayed wearing a white blouse. However, used as a perimeter spray, it did work well for me, though it is true that some sprays work only for a while, I’ve found.

I had more things in pots this past season, too. I put tomatoes in pots on my deck, but a wily skunk found the large ones anyway. And a cleaver chipmunk scampered around the rim of the pot containing the cherry tomatoes, knocked the fruit to the ground, and then descended happily to devour them.

Moya Andrews

, originally from Queensland, Australia, served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculties at Indiana University until 2004. In the same year, Moya began hosting Focus on Flowers for WFIU. In addition, Moya does interviews for Profiles, is a member of the Bloomington Hospital Board, and authored Perennials Short and Tall from Indiana University Press.

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