Hints From Heloise: End flower power for deer

July 27, 2013

Dear Heloise: Do you have a list of flowers that DEER DO NOT LIKE? My daughter lives in the country, and the deer even tore down hanging baskets to eat the flowers. -- Roberta T. in Ohio

Oh “deer,” this can certainly be a challenge! I, too, live in an area where the deer seem to eat any and all landscaping. Overpopulation of deer has become a major problem in many parts of the United States. You live in Ohio, where white-tailed deer are thriving. Since more land is being developed, deer lose their natural habitat, and the plants, shrubs and even trees that the deer eat are gone.

White-tailed deer don’t have many natural predators, and their population can grow rather quickly, since does can have as many as three fawns each year.

Deer have been known to eat just about anything! I’ve even had them eat my cactus! It’s best to visit your gardening center or home-improvement store for more ideas of plants for your part of the country, or call your county extension agent. Here are some plants you can try:

* Perennial flowers, like cornflower, iris, tiger lily, bellflower and peonies.

* Annual flowers like alyssum, marigolds, snapdragons, geranium, blue salvia, sunflowers, morning glory and wax begonias.

* Vines like honeysuckle, wisteria, grape and trumpet creeper.

Good luck! -- Heloise

HANDY KEY RINGS

Dear Heloise: Hang a three-quarter-inch key ring over the hook on clothes hangers, and hang another hanger, with coordinating clothes, on the key ring. This saves lots of room, and helps keep “outfits” coordinated. Two items take little more space than just one. -- Shirley L., Elgin, Ill.

PET PAL

Dear Readers: Ms. R.C. Leinker of Columbia City, Ind., sent in a photo of her 4-year-old male Shih Tzu, Scooter, almost blending into the chair he is sitting in. Ms. Leinker says, “Scooter is the love of my life!” To see Scooter in his matching chair, visit www.Heloise.com and click on “Pets.” -- Heloise

PIZZA HINT

Dear Heloise: I never used to eat leftover pizza that had been refrigerated because I don’t like cold pizza, and microwaved pizza gets a very soggy crust. I finally figured out how to restore it quickly. I put it upside down on some aluminum foil in the toaster oven and toast it like a slice of bread. Scrape it off onto a plate with a pancake turner. Yummy! -- N.J., Now in Nebraska

ANNOYING CORDS

Dear Heloise: I was tired of the cords from irons, electric toothbrush, coffeemaker, toaster, etc., dangling around and getting in the way. I opened the kitchen junk drawer to clean and threw old napkin rings on the counter, and one rolled up onto the coffeemaker cord! Makes a perfect cord holder. Fold the cord, put it through the ring, and no more loose cords dangling! -- Todd, via e-mail

Heloise’s column appears six days a week at www.washingtonpost.com/advice. Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, or e-mail it to Heloise@Heloise.com.

, King Features Syndicate

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