One gardener's observations, discoveries and random thoughts whilst simultaneously worshipping and dallying in a Cape Cod garden. "A garden," said Ralph Waldo Emerson, "is like those pernicious machineries which catch a man's coatskirt or his hand, and draw in his arm, his leg and his whole body to irresistable destruction."

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Comments on: "When Spring Became Summer" (1)

  1. lovely! do you have problems will lily beetles? my niece lives in ottawa, ontario and has a terrible time with them. we don’t have them in saskatchewan, but apparently they’re moving westward. seeing your lovely lily made me wonder if they were south of the border as well.

    Problems with the lily leaf beetle are wide-spread, sorry to say. In fact, this lily photo is remarkable in that in was taken in my Mom’s Connecticut yard, where they are quite seriously set up housekeeping to the point of the lilies needing to be transplanted to a more distant part of the yard, where their colors can be enjoyed and the damage to the plants easier to ignore. You can smother them in dish soap if you wanna go the hand-picking route, but the only poison known to effect the Red Menace also gives fish and amphibians multiple heads and who knows what all.

    I seem not to have any here in Orleans, though I had a battle with them in Eastham once, just up the road. I’d like to bring in more lilies to plant here, but want to make sure I get the bulbs from super-reliable sources, in hopes of avoiding introducing them to this bit of land (and hoping they don’t find us on their own…)

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