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long awaited lilies

On 17, Jul 2011 | No Comments | In scents | By All Year Garden

The lily buds finally decided to open this year. Every year the plants grow bigger and sturdier, so they can hold six or seven flowers at a time. Look at this picture, they are a sight to behold.

Once established, lilies will create large clumps, since their scaly bulbs are very tender and spread out easily to create baby plants. You can dig them out in the fall, break them apart and plant them in separate locations, just make sure that all locations receive full sun for the flowers and shade for the roots.

In order to keep your lilies healthy and strong, don’t forget good mulching in spring and a nice bone meal dressing in the fall. People usually think spring when they see bulbs and forget the beauty summer bulbs can bring to their garden: gladioli, irises, lilies, tuberoses and dahlias.

Unlike other perennials, winter hardy bulbs are the ultimate “set-it-and-forget-it” plant. Once you planted them, your work is done – no maintenance. Ok, maybe a little clean-up.