Guess who’s coming to dinner

I heard through the deer vine, the woman who lives here has three Hosta beds just ripe for the snacking.

They are in different parts of the property so she couldn’t possibly see all three from her windows? Right?

It’s about 8:30 p.m., and it’s starting to get a little dark. I think this is the perfect time to go have a little bite, but where to start.Β Do I want the big green ones, variegated, blue, yellow, or those little tiny little ears. Buffet here I come.

After filling up, I may need to send this woman a thank you for putting out a bedtime snack just for me.
I can’t lose my gardening sense of humor this year or I’ll throw in the trowel. πŸ™‚

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Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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62 Responses to Guess who’s coming to dinner

  1. Donna Lowell says:

    Nice!!!!

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  2. Oddment says:

    Throw in the trowel? Groan!!! You are exactly right about having a sense of humor, but it’s hard. I went around my chomped garden in a muggy twilight yesterday sprinkling Tabasco and curses with not an ounce of humor — you are much more gracious than I am! It’s a great photo nonetheless: the beautiful rotten animal and the hard work of the gardener so painfully close to each other! I fear the “thanks” you’re going to get for your yummy hostas will be more deer. Thanks for the reminder to find humor!

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    • I never see a deer without thinking Bambi. That is, until I look at my Hosta chewed down within an inch of its life. We haven’t had a bad deer issue in the summer for several years. But, this year for some reason is proving different. I found one hosta gone in one bed and three in another about a week ago. I was trying to figure out the cause until I caught this guy the other evening. Case solved. πŸ™‚

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  3. May I add chipmunks to the list of garden visitors who love the painstaking care we gardeners put into our gardens?

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  4. Word spreads fast when there’s a tasty treat on offer! Hilarious for us but probably not for you. πŸ˜‰

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  5. Joanne Sisco says:

    Awwwww!!! Deer and bunnies make my heart melt. This beauty can come and chomp on my hostas all she wants πŸ’•

    Too bad they can’t be trained to take out all the weeds while they’re at it.

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  6. Suzanne says:

    Ha, ha, funny but not. I feel your pain.

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  7. I love seeing deer, but they are just deadly on gardens as are other cuties such as bunnies and chipmunks. Throwing in the trowel indeed! You know I love that. Good for you for not letting them hold your sense of humor hosta-age. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜„πŸ˜‰

    janet

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  8. Murphy's Law says:

    What a beautiful uninvited dinner guest!! I think she’s blowing you kisses Judy! I’m guessing the only way to prevent this is fencing in every single flower bed, and that won’t look too pretty.

    Here it’s bunnies chomping on plants. I’m with Joanne, it would be welcome payment if they diligently removed all the weeds!

    You certainly haven’t lost your sense of humor. Good thing. There’s a lot of growing season to go!
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    • As a MG, I talk to a lot of people about deer damage, and you are correct – fencing is the ultimate answer, but it is not good looking, expensive, and annoying to deal with. I have an organic fertilizer, Milorganite, that smells so I put some around the chewed Hosta to see if it will deter them. Then, I cut them off to the ground and wish them a good off season. πŸ™‚ Life goes on.

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  9. Sue Harvey says:

    Made a mix of garlic, pepper and hot sauce sprayed around my garden area..didn’t deter rabbits at all. Think I just seasoned it for them

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  10. Joyce says:

    Oh no! Even though I love every critter, and feed some of them, I wish they’d leave gardeners alone! I don’t know what else to say! The hosta I have are so magnificent, so easy to grow, and so undemanding of care, that I’d be just sick if I found any of them nibbled down to the ground. Most of ours are enclosed in a little fenced courtyard outside the front door, so it must be lack of access that saves them. I’m sorry you’ve been driven to the “trowel-throwing-in point!”

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    • Did you know hosta are edible and grown as veggies in some Asian countries? However, they are toxic to dogs, cats, and horses. I’m guessing deer consider them a veggie. πŸ™‚ And, you’re probably right in that yours are a little too close to the house, humans, and other critters for the deer to venture there. So, enjoy yours, and I’ll keep spreading Milorganite hoping to raise a stink that they don’t like. πŸ™‚

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  11. Linda Swett says:

    Fantastic!

    Sent from my iPad

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  12. bikerchick57 says:

    Oh Judy, my former in-laws had deer problems every year, especially with the hostas and oriental lilies. They would chew the buds off the lilies before they bloomed. So frustrating!
    Until you decide to put up a fence: Add 2 TBL of Chinese garlic oil and one beaten egg to a quart spray bottle and add water to fill. Spray your plants and I promise the deer will not eat them. The only problem is that you have to keep the smelly concoction in the fridge because of the egg. It’s the only thing that ever worked for me outside of a fence.

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  13. That’s a beautiful dinner guest though. I’ve never had much of a garden and lived in the suburbs most of my life so never had to worry about deer coming to my house.
    This house however we have cotton-tail bunnies and they love one of the ornamental grasses in the backyard. One little bunny likes to pick or pull off if you will a nice pile then sit and munch his pile.
    They’re so cute but skittish so photos are nonexistent at the moment. I need a better blind from the living room’s sliding glass door.

    I really like the pink and green and Hostas. Who knew they were so tasty?

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  14. Oh, no! So discouraging! Have you tried human hair sprinkled around the gardens? Hairdressers will often bag it for customers who garden. Ditto for pet groomers and dog hair. Just a thought.

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  15. We have given up on Hostas because sharing became eating them all but the ones snacking on ours were far less pretty that your Bambi! We had Cornish slugs eating ours and they are voracious! πŸ™‚

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  16. Loved it . . . the yoke is on you . . .
    said the uninvited guest . . .

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  17. Eliza Waters says:

    Oh, those deer! Why can’t they stay in the woods?

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  18. Dan Antion says:

    That’s funny, Judy. It is good to keep your sense of humor handy.

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  19. germac4 says:

    Good for you keeping a sense of humour about your plants being eaten up but it is utterly frustrating too…. a magpie went to all the trouble to dig one of my new tulip bulbs out its pot …when there is an abundance of food for them all around the garden. πŸ™

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  20. We don’t have deer here but the squirrels, bunnies, and gophers can do damage. Fortunately, they don’t seem to like succulents very much. We keep our blueberry bushes in a cage to keep out the birds. I wouldn’t mind sharing, but they don’t seem to understand that concept. Best to keep your sense of humor!

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  21. So nice of you to put out the welcome mat πŸ™‚

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  22. KerryCan says:

    Oh, you put out such a grand buffet! How’s a deer supposed to resist all that easy eating?!

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  23. joey says:

    Ah, nature. Great pun!
    My hostas get snail-snacked, because city. I’ve been here six years, seen one deer. She was a city deer. I can tell because she walked on the street and kept looking behind her.

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  24. I don’t have deer but would go nuts if I did. Good luck saving your garden!

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    • Thank you. πŸ™‚ I’ve tried a couple of times to comment on your blog, but I’m unable to. I’m guessing it is a WordPress/Blogger issue. But, I had an issue with a loam/compost mix last year and had to dispose of it all and start over. I only lost veggies so I wasn’t out the money to replace plants, but I can feel your frustration. Hope it all works out once you get your soil test results. πŸ™‚

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  25. slfinnell says:

    Our dinner guests are a family of 5 raccoons, 2 armadillos, a opossum and 2 skunks. Feel like we’ve entered wild kindgom. Trail life! ug! I’m taking pointers from your other commentors on their concoctions. Tell them thanks!

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  26. Ally Bean says:

    Like you we have deer every which way around here. They make all my efforts seem for naught. I still have my trowel, but I’m thinking of throwing it in… soon.

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  27. I’m already driven mad by rabbits. I can’t imagine how I’d cope with deer.

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  28. tonytomeo says:

    Perhaps we are fortunate that we do not grow hostas.

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  29. Rose says:

    I know I would feel frustrated with something eating my hostas, but deer sure are pretty. I had fun reading all the comments on here.

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