Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Deer damage Lynch Creek Farm statice supply

Rows of statice alternate with dahlias and
sunflowers in the Lynch Creek booth
a few years back.
The dahlia bouquets in the Lynch Creek Farm booth at the Olympia Farmers' Market were gorgeous at the end of July, and the sunshine of a warm summer made it possible for Andy and the crew at the Farm to have an abundance of cut dahlias for sale earlier than usual.

But something wasn't quite the same. The dahlia bouquets were missing their usual complement of statice, those sprays of crinkly flowers in lavender, pink and white that set off the dahlia colors so nicely. What was up with that?

Black-tailed deer don't like dahlias, but
apparently savor statice.
Deer, Andy explained with chagrin. The enterprising little ungulates managed to get into the fenced area where the statice and some of the other flowers that complement the dahlias are grown. "The deer ate the statice," Andy said. "We'll have to do some fence-mending."

Fortunately, deer don't like dahlias, and they aren't bothering the fields full of gorgeous dahlias just coming into full flower at Lynch Creek Farm. We hope they don't change their mind about that.

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