Peonies & deer?

SuVo(z5 NY)June 2, 2004

I just saw a beautiful disply of peonies in a yard

in my neighborhood. I was surprised the deer hadn't

eaten them, so i asked the woman about it. She told

me the deer eat everything else in her yard, but NOT

the peonies. is that typical? Deer don't eat peonies?


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jayco(5b NY)

Yes, it's completely typical. Deer generally leave peonies alone. I say "generally" because sometimes fawns do take a bite. I have had mine browsed on rare occasion, but they are truly among the plants least often disturbed. By this time in summer they never get eaten.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2004 at 9:42AM
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SuVo(z5 NY)

that's great news for me, because i love peonies,
but living in Florida i was never able to have
them... now i can :o)


    Bookmark   June 3, 2004 at 9:47AM
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shaolin(z5 NY)

They never touch the things! It's one of the pleasures of gardening around here! It's also probably why so many nice old clumps have survived around these old houses!

    Bookmark   June 3, 2004 at 11:12AM
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jayco(5b NY)

Welcome to New York! Peonies love it here!

    Bookmark   June 3, 2004 at 11:25PM
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The deer haven't touched my peonies for more than twenty years, although they have eaten virtually everything else in my yard and hedgerow. I only wish that I could extend the peony blooming season for more than a few weeks.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2004 at 12:04AM
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