The chess game with the Deer
I have a bank of Abelia about eight feet tall. 25 years ago I left two mache pots on the ground waiting to plant. After
a while they self planted and I have a large Russeliana that pokes out from the Abelia. It blooms once a year with hundreds of blooms.
The other is a I forgot. It blooms once a year. Last year before one of the two buds opened the deer got them. This year I used deer defense tactic #3. I stuck a ladder in front of the buds.
I cut the one bloom and will photograph it when it opens a little more.
The deer partially defeated me on tactic #2, staking the canes. I had a 42" rule where I believed that deer couldn't browse past that height. That no longer applies because they started standing on their hind legs. I lost 4 Duchess de Brabant buds that I thought were unreachable.
The cages offer the best protection, but the deer can get their tongues inside the cage. I lost one of four Buff Beauty buds. I cut the one BB that was opening. I'll add more photos later.