Daffodil: D is for Deer Proof{9}

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Deer proof is a designation that I usually find laughable. I suspect that given the chance, deer would dine on blue tarps and roof shingles. If these beasts had thumbs, my refrigerator door would have a lock on it. But there is one plant, one flower in the field that is unequivocally ignored by this antlered entourage: the daffodil.

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The Daffodil is a spring-blooming bulb that’s planted in the fall. Ice Follies is the variety shown above, and a happy harbinger of the longer days and short-sleeve weather to come.

What’s great about daffodils:

  1. Deer-proof foliage and flowers
  2. Easy to grow: plant and ignore
  3. Naturalizers: the bulbs spread and multiply each season
  4. long-lasting cut flowers
  5. Some are fragrant
  6. Bulbs are relatively inexpensive and available each fall
  7. Great varieties in color, form and blossom type

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Now if you’re wondering if spring’s other big bloomer, the tulip is deer proof, I’d have to say no; the T in tulip is for Tasty.

Tulips in bud are here today,

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…and gone tomorrow.

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So if the possibility of such garden heartbreak lurks in your neck of the woods, plant daffodils instead and laugh in the direction of those doe-eyed denizens.

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