Plantskydd

Superior Deer and Rabbit Repellent

It’s understandable that you might feel the urge to go outside to defend your plants from midwinter gnawing by deer, rabbit and voles. Especially when you watch your neighbors frantically racing about their yards blasting plants with hot pepper spray; tossing coyote urine granules about; twining mylar string with little flapping flags around borders, staking…

Read More

Perennializing Spring Blooming Bulbs

I hate having to repeat myself, but when it comes to digging in spring blooming bulbs each fall to replace those that fizzled away or were munched by critters, I CAN stop this expensive, repetitive madness. Now I plant long-lived, naturalizing bulbs that stick around for years. Here are a few of my tried and…

Read More

Hurray for Garden Center Clearance Sales!

I love rummaging through plants on garden center clearance tables at this time of the year. And I know I’m not alone. It is so much fun discovering a gem selling for 75% less than it should cost. Come to Mama! One of my favorite finds are Itoh (intersectional) peonies. These usually sell for $85…

Read More

Spectacular Plants, including Angelonia and Blue Asters

Angelonia ANGELFACE ‘Perfectly Pink’. This new annual from Proven Winners (available in 2017) has me speechless. I’ve been trialing it this year to evaluate its blooming habit. I planted it in containers in May and it has bloomed nonstop – with zero deadheading. Even at the end of August, it still had robust blooms, despite…

Read More

Blue-tiful Blue Flowering Perennials

True blue is a captivating hue and an elusive color in the world of perennials, but there are some flowers that come close. Allow me to introduce you to some ‘blue-tiful’ perennials. Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia) Part Shade- Shade, spring bloomer, Zones 3 – 8 Lungwort ‘Blue Ensign’ (Pulmonaira) Part Shade – Shade, spring bloomer, Zones…

Read More

Chipmunk Insanity!

Last month I wrote about a surge in the rabbit population. It seems Chip, Dale and Theodore’s gang are making a power play on Thumper’s neighborhood. Suddenly there seem to be chipmunks everywhere! And even though some say chipmunks are cute, these little rascals can wreak havoc in the landscape as well as in the…

Read More

10 No-No Plants if you have rabbits

In many regions there seems to have been an explosion in the rabbit population. And like deer (especially fawns) they are adorable to look at. Unfortunately the damage they can do to our gardens is not so adorable. It is downright sickening. One way to reduce our heartache is to steer clear of perennials that…

Read More

Featured Perennials – Keep rabbits away!

Hepatica acutiloba (Sharp-lobed Liverwort) This delightful early spring-blooming native adds a charming touch to the woodland garden. Both the foliage and flowers command attention. Flowers can range from white to pink to blue. Mine were a soft lavender-blue (I say were because they were left behind in my Ballston Spa gardens). The leaves tend to…

Read More

Show me your teeth – Deer or rabbit damage?

Before pointing an accusing finger at thieves that have ravished your flower or vegetable garden, first ask to see their teeth. Rabbits have a full set of choppers that make a clean, sharp, angled cut on leaves and stems. Deer lack upper incisors and therefore tear at their food, leaving ragged edges. Plus, rabbits usually…

Read More

Plantskydd keeps deer from your gardens!

Wet little noses are sniffing the air and are quick to locate the source of lush new growth in my gardens. Deer and rabbits have their own little happy dance at this time of the year which triggers my defensive rumba to block their advance. I have tried many products in the past with disappointing…

Read More