The doe with the triplets turned out to be two does, one with twins, one with a single fawn. They seem to swap babysitting duties and generally graze together. The fawns are getting bigger, and more frolicky. It's a joy to watch them running through the tall grass, with barely their ears sticking out. Their rusty coats contrast with the budding lavender. The does are very careful crossing the road and browbeat the fawns into waiting for the signal to cross. We have to be very careful driving around the neighborhood this time of the year because of the many new fawns.
Fortunately the days are very long now, still dusky after 10 pm and light again around 4 am, so the deer have more chance on the roads.
People around here learned to plant landscaping perennials which deer don't eat, like lavender, artemisia, mint, dusty miller, iris, peonies, sea holly, and others. The deer still come in and chew the leaves off the trees skirting them up to the same height, making them look extremely well groomed. The vegetable garden has an 8 ft fence with some flashing tape and CDs on strings to scare them, but it's worth it to see the does and the fawns year round, up close around the house and in the fields.
We start harvesting lavender in about a week and the does will move off during that time. Don't miss your chance to receive a fresh bouquet of lavender from Blue Moon Lavender Farm in Sequim, Washington.