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Saturday, May 16, 2015

My May Garden Before and After Vacation

Just several hours after we left for our European trip, I was sent this picture. 
It's taken from the window of our breakfast room.
A deer in my garden is not anything extraordinary, but there were four of them and they weren't at the perimeter of the garden, as usual, but in the very middle of it! 
The plants in this part of the garden are never sprayed with 'Liquid Fence', and the fact that the deer discovered them, made me uncomfortable.

I thought: Good thing is I took several pictures of the garden before our vacation!
It will all be eaten by the time I come back!
These are the pictures, at the very beginning of May.

We arrived home in the midnight on the 14th of May. I barely could wait until morning...
Before the sunrise, I went to the garden.
To my surprise, I didn't see much damage, although the deer's foot prints could clearly be seen.
The following are the foggy morning pictures of the overgrown garden.
I think it did well. Maybe, it was even glad that nobody disturbed it for two weeks...

The white splashes were the first things that I could see through the windows before the morning broke.
 Clematis montana, climbing the lower branch of the fir tree:

It looks like relatively cool temperatures in the first part of May held the blooms back, and I didn't miss much.
Now, come, warmth, come!

***Copyright 2015 TatyanaS


  1. It looks lovely, and barely disturbed at all, thank goodness! We are leaving soon on vacation, and I think my garden is going to breathe a long sigh of relief that the gardener is giving it a rest. I've been digging up and re-arranging so much this spring. I need the rest too! I hope you had fun on vacation!

  2. What a relief to get near the end of your post and see your gardens still looking lovely. I'm sure you were glad too.

    It has already turned warm and very humid here in s.e. FL.

    Have a wonderful weekend ~ FlowerLady

  3. Your garden looks beautiful and thankfully no damage done. Looking forward seeing more of your special garden.

  4. much growth in a little bit of time! That is what makes May so amazing in the PNW :)

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  6. Your gardens are so beautiful as always. That Clematis is so large and lovely. That Rhododendron is just gorgeous though Tatyana. It just lights up that spot in the bed. I love that color. Its coloring is almost like your Coral Peony. Beautiful! Those deer just know don't they? Beautiful but pesky.

  7. It doesn't look too gnawed or damaged. Maybe the deer simply trimmed things a bit. Great photos, as always. Can't wait to hear about your trip!

  8. AnonymousMay 16, 2015

    I'm so happy the deer just paid you a visit and didn't move in. Your photos are always so interesting. Beautiful! Karen Mashburn

  9. Beautiful, beautiful, before and after photos! I'm glad the deer didn't eat everything! I bet you're happy to be home and enjoying that loveliness.

  10. Oh how wonderful the deer were not my deer as they would have decimated anything they could....gorgeous garden before and after.


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