On Tuesday after dinner, Jerry called me from the garage, "Pat, come look!" I hurried out and spied twin fawns visiting our
salad buffet back yard, or as British English speakers call it, back garden. I rushed inside, of course, to grab my camera.
That's Bambi on the left and Barbie on the right. They pretended to be statues. They were thinking that perhaps I would figure they were deer decorations I had just bought at Home Depot (which I hadn't done).I, too, stayed perfectly still except for the movement of my finger to snap photos. In the picture above, Barbie has begun to move away from our yard toward her mama. Bambi is still on high alert.
Bambi went on nonchalantly attempting to munch on our grape leaves. But he was thwarted by the pesky chicken wire surrounding the grape vines.
Earlier, Barbie had been looking for good munching on the west side of the back yard, stopping mid-munch to stare me down in her statue disguise.
Then Barbie decided it would be wise to depart the premises. Fawns are such chickens.
Thwarted by the chicken wire around the grape vines, Bambi resorted to eating grass...boring, but nutritious enough for a fawn.
Even though our local mule deer are great in number and terrible pests because they eat nearly all of our plants and fruit trees, their little fawns are ineffably cute. These are some plants that they won't devour: sage, rosemary, mint, thyme, oregano, lavender, succulents, hypericum, i.e, strong-tasting herbs and plants. They do like parsley and basil, all decorative flowers and fruit trees. They nibble on the new growth of star jasmine, azaleas, camelias, and mock orange. I could go on and on, but you get the idea! The only thing I have found that keeps deer from eating my plants is "Liquid Fence," which I spray on the plants they like to eat every couple of weeks. It smells like rotten eggs, but it is all organic and safe for the environment.