Tuesday, January 15, 2008

January snow

2008
Tuesday, January 15

Before going to work, I had to snap off some shots of the snow this morning. It's the kind of light fluffy snow that sticks to everything. I absolutely loved the way it looked on the snowfountain cherry tree and barberry bushes.









Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Xmas Cards on Mantel

2008
Wednesday, January 9

We were able to do something this xmas that we hadn't been able to for the last 2 years. We were able to put xmas cards on a mantel. Last xmas we wanted to get the mantel constructed before xmas, but that didn't work out. This year however, we did have one, so it was awesome to place our family and friends cards up there.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Deer Out

2008
Tuesday, January 8

So there I was online researching deer repellents and I found were ones that they said stuck to high heaven. Sorry... nope... I don't care how beautiful something is I'm not going to stray something that smell like coyote urine.

I did however find a product called Deer Out (deerout.com). I found good reviews on it and unlike other deer repellents, it has a nice smell... supposedly it had a pleasant peppermint smell. It's all natural and you can even put it on edible plants. It's in all year round spray that lasts for 3 months and won't wash off in rain.

So I ordered it and today I sprayed the shrubs with it and how about this..... it does actually have a pleasant peppermint smell. I even asked Tim to take a whiff.... and this was hours later. He smiled and say "Yeah... it does smell like peppermint in the yard. I have no idea how it will do, but at least it smells nice. In a couple of months, I'll give a report and tell you if it works.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Deer Munching Discovery

2008
Sunday, January 6

This morning was a fairly warm January day. The snow had melted a bit, so I decided to talk a walk around the yard and check out how the plants were hanging in for their first winter.

Well... I almost started hyperventilating when I discovered that many of the shrubs had been munched by the lovely deer *$^$^&$^&* arrrggg. In that moment I realized I fell into the 1st time home owner stupidity. Oh well.... live and learn.

The funny thing is that all the ones they munched were things that I planted because I had liked them from family or friends yards. The ones that I liked, while in a store or looking on online nurseries, I guess I payed more attention to the tags that said deer resistant too.

I found a list online that had plants that deer loved and stayed away from. I laughed when I read it cause everyone they devoured was, not only on the list, but at the top of the list. They apparently love Enormous, daylilies and yews, which were chomped down to the ground. *shaking head and laughing*