I had to get your attention because I have a tiny tip. When planting bulbs, keep the masses guessing and even consider relocation if they don’t or will not move on their own. Even if it means getting creative.
I have tried every trick in the book to keep the critters out of the beds, but by dumb luck, found one that worked this year. Keep reading, I hope you wait for the tip.
So….who is watching who. I had quite an audience during my bulb planting endeavor.
Here is one spectator that had to be relocated. The bed I am planting was home to this garden spider. I like spiders and rather than destroy him and his home, I relocated him. In only one night, a web over two feet in diameter was rebuilt.
The bed below was home to the spider and is what I am digging up for the first time in four years. This is what I referred to as the jungle, that and my vine menagerie which I have not yet tackled. These vines are home to countless spiders and two sparrow nests, long evacuated.
These images show the bed at the beginning and middle of the season. We will see the jungle in a moment.
Iris in Spring
Iris To Lily Transformation
Asiatic Lily Bed in Full Swing
Late Fall Mess, Weeds and Spider Included
Bed Devoid of Iris, Lilies and Weeds
This was a lot of work digging up all the lilies and iris. I planted two hydrangea I layered from the mother plant, seen below in a photo taken yesterday. The layering happened last fall, and I potted up the little ones for the summer. I raised them in a pot with a large coleus to keep them shaded and always moist. They made it through great and now they must face a winter in the bed.
They have small, late blooms. They are so cute with their little blossoms. I am hoping they are ready for snow season. Being youngsters, they don’t quite know what’s ahead after being separated from mom. I guess layering could have been a useful tip, but that is not it. Keep reading.
Now who has been watching all my hard work? Let me introduce you to Gaylord, the black squirrel that lives in the Mulberry tree behind my house. He and Gilbert were watching the whole process from Gilbert’s tree. That is Gaylord below in the crotch of Gilbert’s tree.
They could not wait to dig into all the bulbs in this messy pile. I bet their mouths were watering seeing the smorgasbord below. This is all the lilies before splitting, and they are all mixed up with the iris. You can see lots of new plants for sharing. I do that and have friends (humans not critters) lined up for the bounty. But the tip is not on splitting. Keep reading, please.
I cleaned up the mess and potted up bulbs and iris to sell at our garden walk next year. Our block club is talking about raising money with a plant sale. So I am getting prepared.
I will store these in a greenhouse down at the farm to over-winter. I did not take the time to identify the colors. It will be a pot luck kind of sale. Normally I make plant tags with all the applicable info, but not this time.
You can see five varieties above, but I have black, yellow and orange iris as well. Two bloom earlier and one blooms with the lilies. The tip is not on potting and storing. Keep reading.
Our Block Club is decorating all the lamp standards on the block this Halloween. I got corn stalks and Indian corn down at the farm, and bundled them all up for the neighbors to tie on the lamp posts. So what’s this have to do with my tip…everything.
Here is an image of the replanted bed, below, before Gilbert and Gaylord start their digging expedition. But, I had an idea up my sleeve. Now for my tiny tip.
I stripped the yellow corn from the stalks and broke them up to toss in my garden. Now, this is not a tried and true tip yet, because, if those little devils shucked the corn and buried it, I may have a crop growing next year. But I am guessing the corn is up the trees by now, stored for the cold winter months that lay ahead here in Niagara Falls. That, or the little gluttons ate it already.
Keep reading, another tiny tip.
So for four days, I kept them busy with corn. I think they forgot about the bulbs. Digging ceased. And of course, so is the corn, gone, that is.
If they start looking for bulbs, I will just go get some more corn to keep them busy. City squirrels don’t get such fresh country fare.
I have one more tip. Notice that the bed is surrounded with boxwood. This is to keep the iris and lilies upright without staking. The iris support the lilies and the boxwood support and contain the iris. Simpatico relationship. The two baby Hydrangea are new to the bed, so we will see what kind of neighbors they make. Mom did pretty well.
Here is another visitor who was patiently awaiting the corn. Handsome Blue Jay, don’t you think? He ate so much corn, I was not sure he could fly.
I was being watched by everyone at Gilbert’s tree.
And here is Gilbert snacking on the corn. He did not care that I was standing only five feet away. Cute little devil with his big fuzzy tail. Gilbert opened a restaurant here at 664. Look at the promo below. Crafty and opportunistic I think, so keep reading.
Stop in At Casa de Squirrel Restaurant and Grille
Casa de Squirrel has been garnering a crowd of devoted followers with its simple, stunning presentation of high quality bulbs and corms.
A seven course meal, al fresco, an unpretentious favorite of locals and celebrity squirrels alike. Five Star dining in the comfort of a tree-lined street and most convenient to nests. Enjoy the stunning vista atop the tall Norway Maple for a most romantic evening. Fresh, field corn is the tasty appetizer to start off your fine dining experience. Call ahead for reservations. Gaylord, your maitre d’ will be happy to find you a great foraging spot. Families with kits welcome.
- Allium Aflatunense
- Hyacinth Delft Blue
- Tulip White Emperor
- Tulip White Marvel
- Lily White Heaven
- Lily Elodie
- Lily White Pixels