Tuesday, March 26, 2013


a prison, a jail (from Juzgao, an early Mexican Spanish word for a tribunal court

Yesterday, I snapped this photo from my breakfast room window.
They are not REALLY in the hoosegow! They are behind my garden fence.
They suddenly stopped their grooming process and looked up. 
I really think they heard my camera!
Prior to the grooming they had been having breakfast.
For the first time in twenty-seven years, I saw our island deer eating azalea blossoms. They don't seem to be malnourished so I don't know why they have taken to eating azaleas.
Most of the plants are Indica Formosa. I have forgotten the names of the others. Help, Mariette, do you know the others!

We were having breakfast when I saw them. Bob started to run them off but I asked him to get my camera first and wait a few minutes to scatter the little buggers.
Our property extends a good bit beyond the fence,
 the fence was installed that we might 
have a few blooming plants. The fence is four feet tall
 so that gives you an idea of the size of the plants. 
We have a wealth of wildlife around our island.
During the spring and summer, I will be
sharing more of our treasure with you.
I am still glad they are in the hoosegow behind the fence.

I am joining the fun here:

Happy Easter


Artsy VaVa said...

Your yard looks so pretty! We had a problem with the deer jumping our fence and eating our garden. We planted Castor plants and they don't even come near the fence now. I love the deer but I hate them eating my plants!
I hope you have a Happy Easter, Ginger!!!

Ivy and Elephants said...

I grew up in the country on a big farm so I know the problems the deer can cause, but they are so beautiful and gentle I always hated when we had to run them off. Your azaleas are just gorgeous though, not meant for breakfast! Glad you were able to get a few shots first. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Gina said...

Oh how wonderful to see that burst of cheerful color! Your flowers look beautiful. We're not even close to see anything green around here yet.

Phyllis @Around the House said...

They are so sweet, just hanging out in the pretty flowers, lookin around...lovely yard and a wonderful view for you to see everyday..

Ginger Zuck said...

Oh I love those blooms and I miss them so. Very lovely, and gives me hope for the next few weeks! Thank you.

Barbara F. said...

What a great shot, Ginger. I know they mess with the plants, but they are so cute. xo

Traci Creel said...

All those beautiful blooms and visiting deer too. What a great way to start the day. If the deer don't usually eat the blooms who it the fence for?
I have an azalea question if you have time to answer it. I have two azaleas just a few feet apart and one is covered with blooms and the other has none. Could they be different varieties? Are there some azaleas that bloom at different times of the season?
Thanks for sharing you deer and I will be on the lookout for posts about your other visitors.

Pat M said...

What a blessing in these interlopers...er...uhhh...visitors.
I am sure they wanted to know if your flowers tasted as good as they look! LOL!
Hugs, GraceinAZ (Pat)

The Polka Dot Closet said...

What amazing pictures! And what a gorgeous back hard you have!!! Thanks for the great pictures and Happy Easter to you!!!


Jim said...

Beautiful blooms.

NanaDiana said...

What beautiful, beautiful pictures, Ginger. I forgot how pretty it was there! xo Diana

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Fun pictures and beautiful flowers! Happy Easter Week:@)

Ron said...

Beautiful azaleas, Ginger!

Carol said...

Lovely! We are surrounded by woods and see deer all the time, but they haven',t been a pest in our yard yet! Carol

Kathy Moreland said...

What a wonderful view you have! Love the pinks of Spring!! Have a blessed Easter, and thanks for your visit.

Shelia said...

HI Ginger! Oh, what a pretty sight. I know you're glad those little deer are behind the fence. As pretty as they are, I hear they're little boogers! Your azaleas are so beautiful and what a treat to have all kinds of critters to look at - just as long as they stay behind that fence! :) Thanks for signing up by email! I always appreciate when you pop in to see me.
be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Alycia Nichols said...

Having azaleas that grow that tall and full surely is one advantage to living in the South! Ours just get going good around here, and then POW! Knocked out!

Deer are my nemesis. They have eaten so much stuff from our yard that I have just given up. I thought putting in a fence might stop them, but then witnessed several of them actually jumping the fence at the golf course. I knew that would not be money well-spent if keeping them out was my only purpose in having it installed. They're neat to look at, but boy, they really rub me the wrong way! I will forgive them their trespasses (and trespassing!) in this Easter week, though. :-) Have a blessed and happy Easter, Ginger!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Great shot!! And your Azaleas are beautiful. Love this time of year :-)

Jocelyn @ http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love the deer but they do eat everything don't they! Your Azaleas are lovely. I'm so glad to be home in Ga now and hoping to see my Azaleas bloom soon!
hugs, Linda

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Ginger,
Sorry, I can't help you out identifying your azaleas, just from this picture... Would need a very good closeup. Yours are HUGE! Naturally, it's Savannah and the year when I took Mom & Dad out to Savannah it looked like PARADISE.
You are lucky for having deer that close to your lens! However, they do have big stomachs that need to be filled daily and that is not good news for the garden... The deer might think: We were here first... it's all ours. So the nice balance, having huge azaleas for sharing and having a camera to share with all your readers that never ever have such a sight.
Wishing you both well,
Hugs and Happy Easter to you both!

RobinfromCA said...

I have deer featured this week too but they are near the ocean instead of in front of those stunningly beautiful azaleas! Great photos and gorgeous view from your breakfast room!
Have a lovely week,

Chatty Crone said...

What a fabulous backyard you have - so enchanting! Love the crate myrtles. And the deer was so wonderful to watch. Thanks for sharing. sandie

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Your azaleas are so pretty!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Your garden looks beautiful Ginger! We have deer issues too ...but I still love seeing them!

Suzy Handgraaf said...

Oooh Ginger - your azaleas are glorious!!! I know you don't want the deer eating your plants, but I think they are such beautiful creatures. Living in the city like I do, it's a real treat when I get to see them in the wild.

Babs said...

Ginger, Those little rascals! Glad you got a couple of photos and they didn't eat all your gorgeous azaleas. Our early azaleas had started blooming and then we had to nights of freezing temps and now they're mostly brown from the freeze. Thanks for sharing yours and the "treat" of seeing the deer.

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

To look out our window and see this array of azaleas is more than I can imagine, and then to see deer (sorry, I love them, destructive though they are--they loved our hostas in our other house!)I would be thrilled!

How funny, your enlightening us on the hoosegow! To further the explanation (now that you've told me the origin), "juzgao" is a slang/incorrect word (it's "jusgado"), and yet it made it into the English language in the slang version! Language is so interesting! Thank you for sharing that!

I really enjoyed this post, Ginger! ~Zuni

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Oh, I hope they know what they're doing! My M,I,L, fed their goats cuttings from an azalea bush, it made several of them very, very sick. Gorgeous view - love seeing all the azaleas in the garden - this is going to be a gorgeous spring! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I tried to keep azaleas growing in my yard but the deer thought they were dessert!...Glad they were behind the fence!...We counted over 25 deer last night when we were traveling back home from dinner!!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I tried to keep azaleas growing in my yard but the deer thought they were dessert!...Glad they were behind the fence!...We counted over 25 deer last night when we were traveling back home from dinner!!

betty said...

I loved seeing the pics of Savannah. I miss it so much. I have lived there most of my life, but am now in the cold north (yankeeland).

Miss the flowers. and St Pat's Day.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog today and good luck in the giveaway. I don't believe there is anything I love more than taking a drive with my husband and happening upon a field of deer or bunnies. It tickles me to no end. I love these close ups you were able to get. Good for you. Hugs. Tammy

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