In the Garden, Week Five

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Lilies, lilies, lilies! I have them blooming now, throughout the garden, and I love them. I planted a couple of Stella del ‘Oro day lilies more than a decade ago and now we are in the happy position of being able to divide them and spread the love. We transplanted these at the base of the angel’s feet and now look at them! I still love the creamsicle-orange color that drew me to them in the first place.

The angel is another story. Long ago before the kids were born, we drove to New Orleans in our Volkswagen Golf TDI. On the return trip we stopped in St Francisville, Louisiana and found the angel at a statuary shop. We managed to maneuver her into the back seat of the car, where she rode for the remainder of the trip (she didn’t help our gas mileage much, but so what?). She’ll always remind me of the cemetery at St Francisville, which is always worth a visit.

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The asiatic lilies are in full swing as well. These beauties never seem to last long enough, but I love them anyway. My mom-in-law gave me this variation, called the Lollipop Lilly, when my youngest son was born in 2006. It’s still going strong, although this year it had to fight its way through the purple phlox that’s managed to take over every square inch of unplanted space in the garden. Needless to say, it’s time to do some “weeding.” I can’t believe there was a point when I would actually save the phlox and replant elsewhere in the yard.

I still have several standard day lilies and a few colorful specialty day lilies on deck, along with some tiger lilies. We are nearly to the height of the summer bloom in Minnesota gardens and the birds and bees are loving it! So am I. Until next week…

Learn how to plant a Birds and Bees Garden in The Nitty Gritty Gardening Book: Fun Projects for All Seasons, which is available through Amazon, Lerner Publishing Group, and at local gift shops and garden centers.

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