Even I, an eternal optimist, am occasionally bedraggled by the forces of nature. End-July raging winds and rainstorms have toppled stately trees and collapsed my prized Aralia elata 'Variegata, the silver one that is so hard to find. And if that is not bad enough, while it was down the damned deer came and ate the op that they normally couldn't reach. Woe are we.
Just look at this picture. See how they push aside the things that they don't like (in this case Petasites variegata and Trillium or is it Pinella?) to get to things they do like -- that delicious Hosta. What is the ingredient they so crave?