Oh Deer! Gardens and wildlife

If you have just relocated to our lovely Okanagan Valley or have relocated to another home in the area, you may have discovered that your yard is not yours alone to use!  You may discover, as I have, that it is also a buffet for deer!Pics from phone February 2016 038

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Broom, Juniper & Firethorn
Russian Sage

Now, my first reaction when I discover Bambi in the yard is to grab my camera before politely asking the cute little thing to leave.  My mother-in-law, on the hand is more inclined to grab the broom!  We have discovered that the delightful creatures are not in the least bothered by our threats or pleas to vacate.  So where does that leave us and what are our options?

As our 4 legged visitors are not likely to leave the area anytime soon, I decided to give the yard a makeover, removing the favourite edibles.

I did some research and found some local plants that are, apparently, not deer friendly.  For a nice ground cover, Juniper is good.  Holly, Boxwood & Firethorn are good hedge material.  Lilacs and Forsythia are good flowering shrubs.  A few more that are my favourites are Broom, Lavender, Poppies and Russian Sage.  I have seen all of these locally, so sure to be available for purchase.  I am sure our local garden centres will have some ideas as well!

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Cedars are definitely on the menu!

Hopefully this has been of some help.  I know that our landscaping is going to change this year and a fence is going around the vegetable garden!

Happy gardening and if you have any ideas, please pass them along!

The 56th annual Vernon Winter Carnival has begun!

The Vernon Winter Carnival has officially begun and whether new to town or veteran Vernonites there is sure to be something to please and excite you!  The balloon glow will start at 5pm tonight at the Kin Race Track 12645109_969853286402527_6490422288716662703_n

Another favourite event of mine is the dinner theatre held at the Schubert Centre.  Once again Vernon’s own Mike Poirier has written a play that exudes the Mardi Gras theme .  After enjoying a meal prepared with a New Orleans flare you will be entertained with music, ghosts and shennigans as Mardi Gras Mayhem hits the stage!


Of course you won’t want to miss the parade on Feb. 6th starting at noon on 27th street.  There are sure to be colourful entries this year and definitely fun for the whole family!

Don’t forget to make your way up to Silver Star Mountain to view all the magnificent snow sculptures that have been created by artists country wide.snow-sculpt

The week is filled with dances, shows outdoor events and good food!  Go to https://www.vernonwintercarnival.com for a full list of events and times.

Go out and enjoy all that the Vernon Winter Carnival in beautiful Vernon, BC has to offer!


Winter Carnival Vernon, BC

One of the largest events of it’s kind is about to take place here in Vernon, BC.  The Vernon Winter Carnival will be kicking off it’s 56th year on February 5th and will run until February 14th.  The theme this year is Mardi Gras, what fun!  All the events will contain that colourful theme and believe me there is something for everyone!  If you are new to Vernon or just visiting you need to take in the Balloon glow on February 5th 5:30 -6:30 at Polson Park.  What a colourful sight this is, your chance to get up close and personal with one of these gentle giants!

If Latin dancing is one of your passions or if you just want to come out and enjoy the atmosphere, City Dance Okanagan is hosting Mardi Gras in Rio Dance Party.  They were last years winner of the Best Adult Event for Carnival, so put your dancing shoes on come on down for mini lessons, dance shows and some hot and sultry dancing! Stay tuned for more updates on events as we move into a Mardi Gras Carnival!