Hey folks! 🌼🌞
Today I just wanted to share another deer resistant plant I've discovered in my garden recently – the enchanting spring or summer snowflakes, also known as leucojum plants.
Now, I have a bit of a mystery going on with them. You see, I have a couple in my garden, that have popped up on their own, so I'm not entirely sure which kind they are. One of them surprised me by flowering at the end of autumn. It was like a sweet little farewell to the warmer days. And now, the other one is just beginning to flower as we step into the New Zealand winter. So they're either spring snowflakes (Leucojum vernum) or summer snowflakes (Leucojum aestivum), which to my amateur gardener eyes look identical. Don't think it makes a big difference deer wise because both species apparently share a family with another deer proof species - daffodils, belonging to Amaryllidaceae, and that's probably what makes them deer proof.
So the great thing about these leucojum plants is that they seem to be deer-proof. In our deer farm environment, these beautiful flowers remain untouched. It's like they have some secret repellent power that keeps the deer at bay. How lucky is that?
Snowflakes make good cut flowers and stay in bloom quite a long time — said to be up to a couple of weeks, but we were only lucky to get a week out of them before the flowers started to brown. Besides, if you prefer fragrant cut flowers, look into freesias instead! Unbeatable looks and fragrance! Although in the garden snowflakes are able to maintain upright posture at all times, and their foliage looks dark green and glossy, very nice even without flowers, while freesias have a tendency to bend to the ground.
Leucojum as cut flowers. Credit: Pexels.
So, if you're looking for a plant that can withstand deer visits and grace your garden with its unique charm, I highly recommend giving leucojum plants a try. They bring a sense of wonder with their delicate blooms and might just be the showstoppers you've been searching for!
Last modified 2023-09-05 at 04:29
Published 05 June 2023