The True Definition of Diversity in America

Bear with me y’all; I’m experiencing severe culture shock here in No FL.

Let me just say right off the bat; I love native Northern Floridians! They have been unbelievably helpful and shown exemplary skills in building our home and designing our landscape.

I’m just spouting off here because my new landscaper who hires only Americans and was wearing a MAGA t-shirt, made sure I was happy with their work and called me ma’am. Price? Cheaper than Naples and I own 3x the acreage I did there.

God Bless America. Correction: God Bless Americans.

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6 thoughts on “The True Definition of Diversity in America”

  1. TW, I’ve had to decide to off the koi pond. 🙁

    The deer are lovely and certainly not predators but I’m going to have to spend some money on “predator urine spray” to protect my plumbago, salvia, hydrangeas and delphiniums.

    This city girl is getting a full education and the wonderful locals working on the property are getting a kick out of my “shock and awe.”

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  2. EThompson:
    TW, I’ve had to decide to off the koi pond. 🙁

    The deer are lovely and certainly not predators but I’m going to have to spend some money on “predator urine spray” to protect my plumbago, salvia, hydrangeas and delphiniums.

    This city girl is getting a full education and the wonderful locals working on the property are getting a kick out of my “shock and awe.”

    I don’t think there is any way to protect the delphiniums short of a ten-foot chain link fence with a hog-wire roof.   Even then you will need eco-insensitive insecticides.

    We did find that our deer don’t eat blue salvia and they don’t eat bee balm (monarda).   They don’t eat roses, either, but it is really hard to keep roses happy this far south.

    Ask your locals; they will have some good ideas for you, but your palette for plantings will be limited.

    Let us know what works.   Post photos.

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  3. Thanks MJB. As soon as things get up to snuff, will do. So far the fawns/yearlings (no adults yet!) have been eating the ferns only.

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  4. MJBubba:
    I don’t think there is any way to protect the delphiniums short of a ten-foot chain link fence with a hog-wire roof.

    When we lived in northern California, where deer had not been hunted for decades and were a plague utterly unafraid of humans, we just gave up and said, “welcome to the salad bar”.  There were other, higher, priorities.  What I heard from people who had decided to “fight them in the yard, the vegetable gardens, the flower beds” was that the only thing that really worked was not a fence, but rather two parallel fences placed at such a distance apart that a deer could not clear them both.  This was apparently a sufficient deterrent that deer would not try to jump them, but it takes a lot of space, some people might consider them unsightly, and it’s a pain to go through gates.  On the other hand, if you’re only interested in protecting, say, a garden as opposed to your entire property, it may make sense.

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  5. John Walker:
    When we lived in northern California, where deer had not been hunted for decades and were a plague utterly unafraid of humans, we just gave up and said, “welcome to the salad bar”.

    Giggle. I think I’m already at this point because we’re quite enamored with these creatures. 🙂

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