Took a stroll around the yard on my lunch hour. The little bit of sunshine we are getting now has perked up every little blooming thing--all those colorful faces opened up and enjoying the sun. I made it up to the flower bed on the corner. This was a problem spot last year as it was nothing but day lilies and having such a short bloom period, looked pretty dejected the rest of the time. So I dug up most of the day lilies and added in a variety of things to bloom on into fall. The day lilies are very close. A few have already opened up. And what to my consternation do I see? Lily flowers nipped in the bud! There is only one culprit for those tall plants: the deer. So I got out that foul-smelling deer repellent and sprayed all around. And then made my way around to various other vulnerable plants for some insurance sprays.
I saw the little thing that's eating my plants. She was across the street yesterday about 4 p.m. nonchalantly nibbling at low-hanging branches. But I knew she had been here first. There were two large bites out of one leaf each of my newly-planted hostas. I think she must not have liked them or would have finished off those new tender plants. However, they are now shielded with that deer barrier that repels me as well.
In a day or two, more pics of the yard. Many new things are starting to bloom now. The rain returns Saturday and Sunday, and then -- summer. They promise!