Mary Mary Quite Contrary

When will my garden grow??? Spring can’t come soon enough – so many plans for the yard and garden this year and nothing in bloom, or even ready to come out.

Lilac, maybe by Mother’s Day?



Not even the P in Peony is blooming!


The biggest transformation will be the area of the old swimming pool. The plan is to make it a combination vegetable and flower garden, even hope to move all the peonies down there for better visibility. It’ll be a two or more year plan – this years budget might get us the plot dug, the design vetted by my master gardener, some seeds planted and the all-important fence.

I want the garden to be visible so whatever deer-abatement fencing goes up has to look pretty as well as be functional. I’m predicting the fence aspect will take up the whole year’s budget.

Here are two ideas I’ve clipped to my Houzz Ideabook.

Traditional Landscape by Trumbull Landscape Architect Rock Spring Design Group LLC (David Verespy, ASLA)

If any of you have photos of how you fence your gardens, I would love to see and post them here. I am open to any and all suggestions. Our garden in RI doesn’t have any fencing per se, it’s pretty natural in the sense of what grows grows and what gets eaten by critters does. But here with SO many deer, I have no choice but to erect the real-deal fencing.

Have a good weekend. Bundle up!!!

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10 thoughts on “Mary Mary Quite Contrary

  1. That’s a nice space where the pool was, EOSr. Those two pics of ideas are very beautiful. We’ve had the gravel separators on the ground like the one picture has and it’s hard to keep dirt out of it when you’re gardening, mulch was easier.

    We also have many animals to guard against and it’s pretty hard to stop them. Deer, raccoons and rabbits are the most heinous offenders so around here most people run a “hot wire” around their garden. One at a level for deer and the other at rabbit level, you’ll have very few problems once installed. You can either get the models that are solar powered or run off house current at any local farm store like Tractor Supply if you have them where you’re at or online.

    1. A hot wire? The equivalent of an electric fence? I hadn’t thought of that. But for some reason I think they are banned in this county, or only allowed if you have a true and income-producing farm. I’ll have to look it up. And how do I prevent Dawg from getting zapped? Or myself, if I forget to turn off the switch?

      I have friends who have used a couple of these water-activated scarecrows to deter animals. Deer around here can win Olympic medals in high hurdles!

  2. Don’t you worry that your deer will just scoff at the (seemingly) low fences you have pictured? As you noted, they ARE Olympic caliber high hurdlers, not to mention accomplished eaters.

    1. Robin: I’m not sure which low fence you are referring to in the photos. Our own green fencing was for the pool and will certainly not be suitable for a garden. We haven’t decided what of that will stay and what will be repositioned for another part of the yard. As for the other two photos I supplied from Houzz, both those fences look tall. Perhaps the photo is hard to tell but in the first one, there’s deer fencing, pretty tall, inside the split rail. I have rolls of deer fencing in the shed and a zillion metal poles but I think I’d like a little prettier and more permantnt look, one that won’t topple over with the weight of a heavy snow. Got any ideas?

  3. Dawg would get shocked once, max twice. You or I as human beings may take more than ten shocks before we stayed away or at least turned the dang thing off. We humans are dumb that way.

    1. Luke: I am the dimmest lightbulb of all. I guarantee you I’ll get shocked over and over and still not remember that the thing is on. I can see Dawg now, laughing her head off, that she gets it and I don’t. Mr. EOS will remember. I might need to wear a collar, sending me a slight buzz warning before I actually get shocked! 🙂

  4. Please let us know if electric fencing is, indeed, entirely banned where you live, regardless of the acreage of your lot and whether the fence is positioned where neighbors and passersby don’t have to see it. That would be pretty damn intrusive.

    That said, I don’t know that it would effectively keep deer at bay. Our 6-foot, 4-strands electric fence sure didn’t work for us in Greenwich … and we weren’t in the backcountry or anything, we were on a one acre lot a mile (at most) from the Post Road. There were parts of the yard where I couldn’t go “exploring” with my toddler because of deer poop!

    1. New York: intrusive is our middle name.
      That’s my suggestion for the new state motto!!!!

      The reason I think it’s banned in Westchester county is when the kids were little we had somewhere farm animals. Sheep. Pigs. And tried to get electric fencing then. No go. Let me look it up. I don’t dare call the town and ask because if I decide to get some electric fence and do it under the town radar (who me?), I don’t want to set off any red flags.

      Two deer were chomping on my lawn this morning and when Dawg saw them she went on the chase. The deer jumped so high they could have landed on the moon. Your point is well taken.

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