I snapped this picture from my kitchen window, fawns hoovering fallen persimmons.
Some months back a group of neighbors started a gardeners group for our community. I presented the first program, a topic we chose for the amount of pain residents feel. We wanted to meet a need and draw a crowd.
"Limiting Deer Damage in the Landscape" The program took me as long to create as writing a chapter of my book...and I won't volunteer to do any more programs for at least a year, by which time I will have forgotten.
Anyway, the gardeners group is rolling right along now, guided by a steering committee of ten great women who meet monthly for dinner and wine. I'm pretty sure the ideas become more creative as the bottles are emptied.
A few weekends ago we held the first community garden tour, with the theme of deer resistant gardens. Three very different yards. Kim's, a formal landscape, Dave's, a Texas-version cottage garden, and ours, an NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat. Close to 50 neighbors came to see what could be done with hardscape and drought-tolerant, deer resistant plants. Everyone had a good time and we're already talking about the next tour, probably Xeric Landscapes.