Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Cranberries for Breakfast


This is a mama deer with her yearling offspring breakfasting this morning on our high bush cranberries.


Because of our heavy deer population, any garden produce we're serious about growing and harvesting for ourselves needs to be enclosed within our 7' high deer fencing.  These high bush cranberry plantings are not.  No wonder we never get a good harvest from them.

Pictures taken through our (less than sparkling clean) back porch windows.

17 comments:

Laurie said...

They are beautiful!

Mama Pea said...

laurie - So were the cranberries! ;o}

Faith said...

I love my "deer friends", they frequent our home here in subrubia, but I never see any when we ride to the outer more lovely limits of society. They are so sweet, even when they munch on my very limited garden flora. :) Cranberries? Oh I love cranberries, and they are good for you. How wonderful that you have some in your garden, albeit you must share.

Kristina said...

Yeah, they get my apples, so still have to put up something for the raccoons too. My struggle now is the squirrels. They are burying their nuts in my grow pots which have my fall garlic. I have to cover those somehow for winter. Maybe fencing or chicken wire. I will come up with something.

Susan said...

You have to give them credit for being able to eat unsweetened cranberries. Even the thought of it makes me pucker up. So to speak.

Rain said...

How nice to have deer in your backyard! When I have my forever garden in the future, it'll definitely have fencing!

Goatldi said...

I am with Susanon this one. Most certainly cuties with full bellies 💕

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

Ah sweet deer, the cranberries aren't sour?

Mama Pea said...

Faith - I like cranberries, too, and this time of year always brings out a taste for them. They're especially appealing, I think, in sweet breads or in a yeast bread as toast in the morning.

Kristina - All those cute animals can sure wreak havoc on our plants, flowers, trees, fruit, etc. Some of them can be down right destructive and simply have to "go!"

Susan - Yep, their tasters must be different than ours. When they turned to go this morning, I looked to see if their lips were puckered up!

Rain - We simply can't grow anything without fencing as the deer would wipe us out in one 24-hour period. :o(

Goatldi - I wonder if they ever get bellyaches from things such as cranberries or unripe fruit??

Nancy - Oh, the cranberries ARE sour, just as you might expect. They must taste good to the deer though because the bushes were full and they munched away for a good long time.

Lynne said...

Well, I guess they have to eat to! They are so pretty. I had some in my back yard last winter,and you forget how big they are til you see them up close and personal! ox

Mama Pea said...

Lynne - Yes, the deer are lovely creatures. Hunting season begins the first part of next month and I don't like to think how many of them will be killed. But their population is up right now and I'm told the thinning of hunting keeps the ones left healthier. We regularly have them grazing in our small hay field and it's so much fun to watch them when they play and chase each other.

Hill Top Post said...

Our gardens are all fenced too, and Millie is a great help in keeping them driven away from the yard.

The Wykeham Observer said...

I'm sure your visitors appreciate that you didn't fence them out of the cranberries! I had a lot of deer destruction last winter, but when they come back now, I'll be glad to see them. Phil

Cockeyed Jo said...

Awwww, so cute and so delicious...both the cranberries and deer.

Mama Pea said...

Hill Top Post - Yes, dogs are good deer invasion protection. Good for Millie!

Phil - They are such beautiful creatures, aren't they? Watching them play and chase each other in our hay field never gets boring.

J.L. Murphey - The deer not only took all the cranberries, but pruned the bushes, too. (Kinda wish they hadn't done that.) I suppose even the leaves and twigs tasted good to them.

wisps of words said...

Best part here, is the _not_ sparkling clean windows!!!!!!!!

Personally, I don't really _believe_ there are any such. Come on! Even if the person went out and cleaned the outside too, perfectly..... As well as the inside, perfectly....

Rain, wind, dust, whatever happen in the yard... And poof go sparkling clean windows.

That's my story and I am sticking to it!!!!! -grrrrrin-

Onward Ladies! To Truth In Blogging!!!! >,-)

Mama Pea said...

wisps of words - I know!! That's what is so silly about cleaning window glass as often as some people do. (That is NOT me. :o\ ) One fall, a couple of years ago, we had a great young guy who was trying to make some extra money for a big trip to the Far East do some odd jobs for us. One of the jobs was to wash all our windows on the outside while I did them on the inside. Just a couple of weeks after that big job was done, the windows looked like they hadn't been touched, especially on the outside. So why knock ourselves out on something that doesn't seem to matter? Our windows may be a little grubby, but as long as we can still see out of them . . . pffft!