Friday, June 26, 2009
You can see in this picture my two gardening companions (actually there are three but the cat didn't make it into this photo). I have always been careful to make sure my gardens were pet/wildlife/kid friendly and could take a great deal of abuse, like a 100 pound dog traipsing through the flowers.
I have also been striving to do more mass plantings of bulbs as opposed to plopping in one here and there.
Now my two goals have collided with these mass plantings of lily bulbs I purchased at a garden show earlier this year. The ones above are a bed of about 50 Casa Blanca lilies in the Moonlight Garden. They are surrounded on two sides by the beginning of a boxwood hedge, but are completely open on the other two sides. See that lawn behind them? That is where a lot of ball playing goes on with dogs and kids. What was I thinking? It will be a miracle if these make it through the season unscathed.
These are 50 stargazer lilies I bought at the same time (they were practically giving them away) in my backyard garden. If you look closely at the left hand side of the picture you will see my shepard's tail after he exited the bed, albiet somewhat gracefully. There is also the beginning of boxwood hedges going in here which will eventually add some protection, but until then, these lovelies are very, very vulnerable!