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Hoy
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Lichens are very interesting things! Unfortunately I'm not good at their names but that doesn't hinder me to look for them when out.

Calypso bulbosa is a native of Norway too but very rare and I have never seen it :(  But others have: http://www.pbase.com/alb123/image/31814271

Cohan, does it grow on your property?

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Anne Spiegel
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Warm weather has melted some of the snow and the deer are back.  Chased two out of the garden in the middle of the night.  They really don't like disembodied voices yelling at them and they take off.  Motion detector lights are great, but not for a sound sleep!

cohan
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Hoy wrote:

Lichens are very interesting things! Unfortunately I'm not good at their names but that doesn't hinder me to look for them when out.

Calypso bulbosa is a native of Norway too but very rare and I have never seen it :(  But others have: http://www.pbase.com/alb123/image/31814271

Cohan, does it grow on your property?

Same for me with lichens- and mosses!

Calypso is not exactly common- in  a place where so many of our species are found everywhere!- but not all that rare either- hard to spot is another issue though: out of flower, you really need to know exactly where it is or be very lucky to see it, at least in my area where it grows in areas with a lot of other vegetation on the forest floor ( I saw it in the mountains in quite bare woods), and even in flower, although it is bright pink, the forest floor is carpeted with  old poplar birch and willow leaves which can have pinkish tones, as well as a lot of other vegetation, some of which is taller than the flower stems even so early in the season.
This plant is not  on my acreage, but maybe 50 metres past my fence,  on the farm.  I think it may be starting another crown, but only one flower so far, and it has not set seed. I used to know of colonies of at least several plants in two different places on the farm, but since I moved back I have not found any plants in those places- again, it's hard to be sure whether you miss them, but they are growing in unstable woods with birch that fall down/apart often and spruce can grow in blocking light, other vegetation grows etc etc and there are also cattle at times...

Anne- hope the deer don't do too much damage! The moose visited very early this year, to prune all our woodies,  before I could take any repellent measures I meant to, and we also had early snow that has never left, so ditto for vole repellent- hope they are not doing too much damage under the snow!!

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Anne Spiegel
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The deer do a lot of damage, but it could be worse ... they could be moose.
A friend told me she had heard a talk by some woman who told her that deer won't touch daphnes.  The deer here think they are caviar and decimate them.
There isn't one they haven't browsed, even tiny ones.  I think they are permanently dwarfing some of the survivors.

cohan
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If you pick the right woodies- tasty to deer yet fast enough growing to survive- you could get some great 'deersai'!

The moose aren't too bad here- they just pass through a few times over the winter- there is some overpruning of apples and the (shrub type ) cherries which can reduce yield-- and they kept our Mountain Ash as a multistemmed shrub for a long time, as well as shaping all the native dogwoods and saskatoons etc- but they don't kill anything. there is definitely a tendency to keep those things low which can't grow really fast (Cornus), and those that can put up really long shoots in one year may eventually end up with one or more trunks that get out of reach and can then grow unmolested- so you may end up with a very skinny  shrub/tree (as with Amelanchier) or a tree with a wide skirt of lower stems (Sorbus), or tightly pruned lower parts and shoots in the middle racing for the sky- this is what our apples are trying to do, but I don't want them tall. Luckily they have not so far done to any planted woodies what they do to native poplars in the bush-break young trees at about 6 or 8 feet above ground so that the tops bend over and they can eat the tender tips....
Luckily neither the moose nor deer have paid that much attention to any garden plants so far, apart from woodies...

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Hoy
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The European elk is a nuisance for the forest industry as they browse the buds on young pine trees, especially in winter. My father in law however had more trouble with roe deer in his garden. They could damage an orchard in one night.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

cohan
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Some of my relatives have a tree farm on part of the family farm- they have deer fence around some areas where small trees are grown- I think there is no option here if you have a lot of valuable trees or fruit/berry trees.

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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