Temptation

Temptation

Temptation

Yesterday the new lily I planted finally opened and what a show. It’s one of 9 perennials that I planted last fall. Only two star lilies survived. The rest, one additional lily and six iris, never made an appearance. I suspect some animal made off with them and nibbled on the nutritious bulbs and rhizomes all winter.

The problem is that I’ve already received fall catalogs filled with tempting delicacies just like this one. What to do.

I want a fuller, more colorful iris bed, but I don’t want to simply feed the critters. Shall I plant the bulbs in cages? Iris rhizomes are planted barely under the soil, so that won’t work.

Any suggestions?

first-hand report on Angel Food Ministries

first-hand report on Angel Food Ministries

Um… What kind of tree is this?

Um… What kind of tree is this?

Martha Gonzales rose, FTW.

Martha Gonzales rose, FTW.

Colors bleeding in wash…

Colors bleeding in wash…

Plant ID please

Plant ID please

Red Lily Beetle alert.

Red Lily Beetle alert.