According to horticulture educators, phlox subulata is deer resistant.

Current State of Mind: I’m not busy at all, yet entirely too busy, and it’s making me twitchy. I need a freelance gig. Or a job. Or something that makes me feel a bit of Worth. I don’t want to talk about it.

Where I’ve Been: I recently took a (long overdue and much too quick) trip to attend my nephew’s tennis tournament during which he won every match he played and I was so excited to be there and the whole thing made me think about David Foster Wallace in a very happy/sad way. Also, while visiting, I ate a croissant, a bunch of doughnuts, and a salad (because: Balance).


(The doughnut closest to you was the only one I ate from this particular box. It was a yeast doughnut with vanilla icing, cinnamon sugar, and caramel drizzle. What a brilliantly stupid doughnut. One of the best I’ve had, and I’ve had many.) Also while visiting, I took a nearly three mile walk with my sister (because: Balance). I talked to a woman who was spinning fiber at a farmers market. I purchased some creeping phlox and a citronella plant.

Gardening at Night: The deer ate my Asiatic lilies and ripped my new creeping phlox right out of the ground. I love the deer. I love the deer. I love the deer. (I really do love the deer, and will continue to love them as long as they continue to operate in silence. Sometimes a deer (or a person, or me) opens their mouth and suddenly you’re left wincing just a little.)


Turning Pages: I finished The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and it was exactly what I needed to be reading. I’m now reading So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, and although I’m less than 100 pages in, I’m In.

I’m feeling the need to make molasses cookies. I miss having something to say. If I make molasses cookies, I’ll tell you about them. I hope you’re well. ‘ ‘ ‘text/javascript’>

10 thoughts on “According to horticulture educators, phlox subulata is deer resistant.”

  1. my husband and my neighbor both swear by this stuff he says is coyote pee (I assume it’s synthetic). But really does work in the deer-you spray it right on the plants-but you have to respray periodically. I’ll get you the name. It seems to deter the bunnies too. What I like is that you just spray the plants you want to make nasty to them-so they can still eat the grass and dandelions and stuff!

  2. soap flakes. Or grate some Irish Spring around the plants. Makes it smell like people.

    Also, make shortbread.

  3. I was just thinking of you and dessert yesterday because I have a co-worker in St. Louis. We started talking about Gooey Butter Cake and I admitted that you had brought me one, and I had only meant to eat 1 piece of it, and ended up hoovering a great amount. Thank you for that. It was wonderful.

    I started planting sages because they were one of the few things deer would not eat. It grew into a bit of an addiction. I had about 25 different kinds of sage at one point. The blues are so pure on some of the flowers. Brazilian Bog Sage is a favorite.

  4. We use “Liquid Fence” around here; it smells like rotten eggs when you put it on, but does keep bunnies and deer away. I got it at Menard’s, although the people working there had no idea they sold it. I had to wander up and down the aisles until I found it. So maybe google a picture first? You can also get it at fancy gardening stores, but it will cost more. Also: I miss you having something to say, too. Although, I like what you *do* say, so there’s that.

  5. I want a donut.
    The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is one of my favorite books.
    I wonder if this liquid fence Ami talks about will keep the dog out of our garden.

  6. Very well, thank you for asking. The doughnut looks amazing. Ill set it next to my CSA box & see which will triumph.

    What do the dogs think of the deer?

  7. You see one of my favourites, and I don’t comment as much as I should but I relate to so much of what you say – even when you don’t believe that you have anything to say – I can totally relate to that.

  8. Deer like hosta, too, just in case you are thinking of planting some. And rabbits like it, too. Daffodils are safe.

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