When our home was new almost 10 years ago, we totally amended the clay soil for gardens all around the house for the first 2 years (backbreaking work, but necessary for nice gardens, right?) Then we gradually added perennials; shasta daisies, coneflowers, black-eyed susans, and iris, and divided them out over the years. The iris are finished now. But this year, for the first time, the hydrangeas are literally covered in blooms, just beginning to turn from green to blue. The daisies, coneflowers, and susans all have buds beginning to burst. A delirious purple clematis (a gift) blooms dinnerplate size as it winds up the lamppost.
That was yesterday.
Today, all the buds (except one single daisy) in the entire garden are gone, nothing but stems. There will be no black-eyed-susans or coneflower seeds for the goldfinches to enjoy this year. The only hydrangea flowers left are the ones in the back of the bush facing the wall. The fencing is knocked down and the iris leaves are trampled and broken. Clematis vines in the front yard are hanging off broken and completely stripped of flowers and leaves. Even the dogwood tree has been stripped of leaves up to eye level (now looks like a topiary). Vandals? Misdirected mowing contractors? Hailstorm? Caterpillars? No.
Even with every deer deterrent the consumer can buy; garlic sticks, minty soap, coyote urine, human hair (even pee), buzzers, sprinklers, and barking dogs, the deer always nibbled a few things; I could live with that. But the overnight utter destruction is just too much. I can't take it anymore.
Anybody want a garden? How about a whole house? I quit.