The only life force around here to challenge my Mouse’s would be in the little yoshino tree on the drive. It is about ten years old and is a pygmy. The deer strip it down to nothing every winter. Now the deer are eating tiny leaves on my new pyracantha, so on this quiet Christmas Eve I went collecting fallen cedar in the woods. Love doing this.
You can hardly see the little tree with all these armaments. We have these amazing vines in our woods. They get very large and feel dense like hardwoods. They grip and strangle a tree. When you find a dead one on the ground, they can be configured in useful shapes.
This vine swivels on its crossbar. That should shock the deer when they get their noses too close! Maybe next year I will have some leaves, and later can lay off the tee-pee when the tree gets bigger than deer height. I should live so long.
Above is the pyracantha which needs saving. Having planted it around August, it is still leafing out, in the winter. Another, one of 12 cuttings taken and the only to survive, is making new leaves like crazy now too. I have a lot to learn.
This tee-pee, built last spring did a great job of keeping the deer from eating this snowball bush. It has been blooming all fall, misstep-ping like the pyracantha. What goes? You can see the remainder of the last flowers. In this fall blooming however, big full snowballs were not produced. The flowers were less than half of a sphere, and flat on the bottom.
The “teeth” laying on the ground and pointing up did a good job. Will do this again with the raw materials below.