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Saved from the Deer

April 19th, 2010

I normally do not cut flowers, I prefer enjoying them in the garden, but I decided to rescue these from the voracious deer. They’re quite lovely on the dining room table and provided some inspiration for some lovely photos.

I don’t get to see many tulips unless they’re in areas where the deer don’t feel comfortable going; right next to the garage, in between the house and the garage and in certain part of the front flowerbed. I have a few patches of tulips growing in the back of our lot and on the front hillside and at least half of each patch was already munched down.

The creamy white blooms with purple petal tips are ‘Shirly’ tulips. The purple one in the background is a ‘Negrita’ Tulip. I got them in a combo pack 4-5 years ago. The big orange tulip was here when we bought the house so I’m not sure of it’s name. It’s a vigorous tulip and gives a beautiful show of giant blooms each year.

Someday I hope to have a dedicated cutting garden, but until then I’ll cut a few flowers here and there to enjoy inside, especially if the deer will eat them anyways.

Do you cut flowers from your garden to enjoy indoors?

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  2. Mangochild on April 19, 2010 at 5:55 am

    I leave my flowers in the garden to enjoy there. Walking around them somehow makes me appreciate them more, seeing them in the ground. When I was small I’d become very upset if someone gifted my family with cut flowers, not because I didn’t appreciate the gift (I thanked them etc.) but because seeing them made me think of the fact that they were once in the ground with roots, but no longer were. Now, I tend to give potted plants/flowers if I’m gifting them,

    I don’t know why that is so. The orange tulip you posted is beautiful!
    .-= Mangochild´s last blog ..More On Teaching And Gardening With Young People =-.

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  3. Dave on April 19, 2010 at 8:54 am

    We don’t usually cut flowers here – although we have on occasional. Sometimes we pick a couple in the summer for the girls. Mostly we prefer them in the garden!
    .-= Dave´s last blog ..How to Get More Plants for Your Money =-.

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    • Susy on April 19, 2010 at 2:27 pm

      Our nieces LOVE to pick grandma’s flowers when we’re over there. They really like dandelions.

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  4. Kelly on April 19, 2010 at 9:04 am

    I prefer them in the garden, and don’t think I could cut my own. As a rule I prefer living plants to cut flowers, but I did inform my hubby this Valentine’s Day that cut flowers, on occasion, aren’t *all* bad. :P
    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..Weights and Measures =-.

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    • Susy on April 19, 2010 at 2:28 pm

      Too funny. I prefer a plant that I can plant outside to some flowers to put in a vase. A few years ago Mr Chiots bought me a few hydrangea bushes for my birthday, now I have flowers from them every year on my b-day and I can cut them and bring them in if I want to.

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  5. melissa on April 19, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    To be honest the only flowers I ever grew were impatiens and I only cut those when I wanted to propagate them. But now I’ve planted some knockout roses and as soon as those start getting a bit more established I will have fresh cut roses for my kitchen!
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  6. warren on April 19, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    We usually bring some in. Usually my daughter picks some for me or my wife. It’s very sweet. We also pick some to save from the deer. Of course, since I got a dog about a month ago, my deer problem has mostly gone away…
    .-= warren´s last blog ..Strong Swimmers =-.

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  7. mamaraby on April 19, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    I’m always amazed at how tasty the deer find tulips!
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  8. Lynnette on April 19, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    I usually leave flowers in the gardens, but will cut tulips to keep the deer from eating them, and a few daffodils that I cannot see from the house, since they bloom here by the thousand.

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  9. Ashley on April 19, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    I’m pretty new to gardening so I can’t say I have a long history of cutting/not cutting flowers, but my hyacinths exploded and were blooming in march this year and after a hard freeze the blooms were still beautiful but the stems weren’t holding them up very well so I cut a bouquet of them for my mother-in-law who just had surgery as a “get well soon” gift. Also, our house was vacant for a while before we moved in and it smelled musty but a few of those hyacinths made the entire house smell like sunshine!

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  10. Sandy on April 20, 2010 at 12:47 am

    Lovely! I just cut my first bouquet of lilac of the season. :-)
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..Video: Orchard mason bees + the straw bale garden =-.

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