to keep the deer out. There are a lot of woods around our house and we do have deer in them. One time OC planted Tulips in the front yard in a little white rock lined bed. They came up, bloomed and were consumed the next day - saw them do it, but it was too late, that is when we had the yard fenced in the back only. They don't seem to bother OC's Iris, but they love Tulips. In the back yard OC has another problem - SQUIRRELS. They dig them up and replant them in weird places, also EAT them. Best luck OC has had with tulips was on his back deck where he can keep an eye out for them. When Pooper DAWG was alive, had no problem, wouldn't let a squirrel within ten feet of the deck. He's gone now and OC lost a LOT of his tulips BEFORE the freeze.
Sorry for your problem, OC knows how frustrating it is to plant something and then have something happen to it....
OC feeling your pain
There may be snow in the garden, but there will always be eternal springtime in the heart of this old gardner - Saying of Old Coot