As soon as I saw the pansies in flats at the local garden center, I knew I had to get some.
After all, the ones I had planted last year lasted from Thanksgiving until well into spring.
I purchased the same ones that did so well last year - Matrix Yellow Splotch and Matrix Purple - and spent a pleasant morning a few weekends ago putting them in the ground around the young live oak trees in the front garden, and also a couple in the border by the dining room window in the back garden.
I planted them, watered them in and left them to it. (In my garden, if a plant can't make it on its own, it doesn't belong!)
Then I got busy, as always seems to happen and it was a couple of weeks before i looked at them again. When I did, what I saw saddened me.
A couple of the pansies had been pulled out of the ground and were dried up and dead or dying.
Those that were still in the ground had all the blooms neatly nibbled off.
Who could have done such a dastardly deed?
Um.. it could have been this guy...
... seen here in the vacant lot on the west side of our house.
Here's a longer view, showing our fence... perhaps we should take the Welcome sign off the gate...
Seriously though, I love having deer around and I hope the pansies come back and bloom through the winter and spring. After all, they managed it last year, and presumably we had deer then too. Hopefully in a few weeks, they'll all be looking like the one below, which is blooming, unmolested, in the back garden.
In other garden news...
The Toad Lily that hosted the family of Carolina Wrens this summer, is now blooming. I'm especially happy about this since it suffered some serious water deprevation in the heat of the summer when the nest was in place and I couldn't water it.
Here's another one -- thanks for these Ursula!
I'm rather taken with the way that the sweet potato vine, growing rampantly in the front bed by the garage, is now showing some seasonal color.
I'm not sure if this can be left over the winter, or if I need to cut it back, pull it out or whatever. I'm sure I'll do what I always do - leave it to fend for itself :-)
I hope readers in the U.S. have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday this week. For the rest of you, have a great week :-) See you on the flip side
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.