?Ruffled Velvet? Siberian irisAfter weeks of drooping plants, he had his well water tested and found that it was full of sulphates, which keep plants from taking up water. He had to have a new well dug in a sulphate-free spot. This water is pumped into a cistern, providing enough water for at least one complete whip-around with the hose.

Even with the water problem solved, Deacon faced the prospect of never seeing his carefully planned spectrum of flowers and herbs in their full glory. It took the local deer only a year to discover that his plants were coming up before any browse in the bush, and they visited every night to chomp on new growth.

?Ruffled Velvet? Siberian iris