Here's the backstory.
About the beginning of October, I decided it was time to keep the donks off the pasture until snow falls. This is an annual routine that helps the pasture thrive in the spring. While the pasture is off-limits they get extra hay, and, walkabouts in the acre or so fenced around our house. They eat grass, wander through the woods, investigate our bocce court and recently, ATE MY MUMS.
Here's why I was foolish. They hadn't touched the marigolds or roses, or clematis, (alright, they did eat the dianthus) so I didn't give much thought to the three mums when I opened the gate and said, "Run free you hellions".
A (former) white mum with the bedraggled marigolds
This is what I came back to:
One of these was the white one you saw above, plus two newbies.
Eaten down, not quite to the nub.
I debated whether to purchase substitutes and because I love seeing the color, found a reasonably priced roadside stand and bought these.
I carefully removed them from donkey lip height before letting the dingbats loose a few days ago.
Can't fool me twice!