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Thanks for the responses . . . although I wish the news was more encouraging, this is far from "useless advice," since I will now not need to learn the hard way.

I have a neighbor who's installed a motion detector "scarecrow" kind of thing . . . it's a little device that's attached to the hose, and when tripped it shoots water in an arc while making an evil sound. And it's pretty effective.

Sadly, my best gardens are not near the faucet.

I also have two dogs -- one of whom is actually an excellent watchdog -- but deer are so good at being "invisible." I've let the dogs out with deer standing right in front of them, and if the deer are still the dogs are clueless. (Hey, that's now how they're supposed to earn their Iam's!)

As for plants they don't love, honestly, in a bad year, (like last year), I've found they'll eat anything. They were even munching on my rose bushes this last time around. And you're right, day lillies are much favored -- of course, they wait until the day the blossom is about to open . . . figure they're either tastier that way or else they're tormenting me.

Well, any good suggestions that work would be much appreciated!

-- Beth

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