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I just pray that everyone stays safe from fires this year!
It's still early in the fire season and it's already very bad. Yesterday and today I noticed a huge herd of goats on the hill hired to mow down the dry brush. DH parents house was lost two years ago in the Paradise Camp Fire. Hopefully this year we will get some rain early in the season. ☔️

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Thanks for identifying the Feathery Cattail Plant.

Hummmm! Deer Scram that'a one thing I didn't try.

WARNING!!! NEVER TRY LION URINE .....It works so well it not only keeps deer away but no family member ventured out into the backyard for over a week. You cannot imagine how bad urine smells until you get a whiff of Lion Urine.

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I really don't know the name of your plant Mikki. I just made that name up. 😊
The Deer Scram really does work. It contains blood meal and garlic so the deers stay away. I remember trying some kind of urine and it smelled so terrible so we decided not to use it.

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Funny story how I discovered Cosmos. I was cleaning out my kitchen ďjunkĒ drawer a few years ago and found a package of cosmos seed. They must have been there forever because I do not recall ever buying them. It was mid August and late to be planting flowers but I knew if I didnít use them they would sit in the junk drawer for a few more years! Anyway, I threw the seeds in one of our beds on top of the mulch. I did not even stir up the ground at all. I also did not water them at all. A month or so later (when all other flowers had pretty much faded) I had the most beautiful cosmos flowers that continued to bloom until an October frost!
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I really don't know the name of your plant Mikki. I just made that name up. 😊
The Deer Scram really does work. It contains blood meal and garlic so the deers stay away. I remember trying some kind of urine and it smelled so terrible so we decided not to use it.
HA! Another person so desperate they tired Lion Urine.

Like you mentioned earlier you have to reapply Deer repellents for them to work. I did the blood meal, too.

Nancy says the Comos and Celome are pretty much maintenance free and the deer don't bother them. They don't bother Crape Myrtle. There are a few other plants like Marigolds they are NOT interested in but they're too much work.

At one time I had a shelf full of books on how to keep Deer out of the yard. Leaned a lot. Tried a whole lot of things.

Finally, gave up and decided it was easier to forget about having a beautiful flower garden and potted plants.

Now days ... I'm into Maintenance Free.
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All your pictures made me want to work in my yard. I planted some crotons and Ixora for color. Tomorrow I will finish the mulch.
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Funny story how I discovered Cosmos. I was cleaning out my kitchen ďjunkĒ drawer a few years ago and found a package of cosmos seed. They must have been there forever because I do not recall ever buying them. It was mid August and late to be planting flowers but I knew if I didnít use them they would sit in the junk drawer for a few more years! Anyway, I threw the seeds in one of our beds on top of the mulch. I did not even stir up the ground at all. I also did not water them at all. A month or so later (when all other flowers had pretty much faded) I had the most beautiful cosmos flowers that continued to bloom until an October frost!
Cool! Did they come back the next year? Mine will reseed if the winter is mild.
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All your pictures made me want to work in my yard. I planted some crotons and Ixora for color. Tomorrow I will finish the mulch.
Beautiful!!! And so much different from our northern gardens! Crotons are house plants here!!!
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Cool! Did they come back the next year? Mine will reseed if the winter is mild.
Yes they not only reseed they propagate themself! I think my dogs are helpful at propagating things because seeds get in their fur!
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Beautiful!!! And so much different from our northern gardens! Crotons are house plants here!!!
It took me awhile to get used to the idea that Northern houseplants are used as landscape plants here. Annuals donít die they just get leggy. Not sure about perennials doing well because most need the cold to reset.

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All your pictures made me want to work in my yard. I planted some crotons and Ixora for color. Tomorrow I will finish the mulch.
Wow!! You have a gorgeous yard even without flowers.
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