Perle d'Or Rose
A Visit with Cora and Sophie

Deer Netting for Roses

I had a plan, the 1:1 adaptor (magnifier) was attached to my macro lens for a reason.

Rain-drop-rose-bud No, it wasn't there to take more pictures of water drops on rose buds.

Bokeh-on-deer-netting And it wasn't there for getting lost in bokeh land. Wait a minute .  .  . these pictures are of deer netting.


I soon forgot my plans for the macro adaptor– deer netting is more of my moment these days, and I thought maybe you'd like to know about it too.

Deer-netting-in-the-rose-garden Take a look at the fence in the background, in the photo on the left. That's our 6-foot high deer fence. It's covered with climbing roses, and the deer don't touch it. The property outside the fence used to be very narrow, until the road was changed, and a 1000 sq. ft. strip was added to our property. Of course, I was not going to plant roses out there. Oh yeah? Maybe just a few roses . . .

This year alone, I've added about ten new roses to this area, and each day I uncover them in the morning and then re-cover them before dark. It's all about my love for letting roses reach their maximum growth habit. No, I can't resist– more land means more roses in my world. Many of the roses are once-bloomers, so I'm especially vigilant in the spring. Once they've stopped blooming, I'll ease up on the netting.

As the roses I chose for this area reach maturity, they become increasingly drought tolerant. And many rose buds on large shrubs are out of reach to deer. So in the future I'm hoping for a fairly carefree rose paradise.

In the mean time, there is much that needs protecting.




This is the most recent netting product I've used. One hundred feet goes a long way, as I cut it into large pieces to cover the bigger roses.