Save your banana peels for bulb planting

Yes, you read that right.  Now is the time to save your banana peels for bulb planting.  Over the years I have tried many things to deter squirrels from digging up the bulbs I plant in my GARDENS4U clients’ gardens as well as my own.

Placing a few strips of banana peel over the bulbs (or wrap each bulb in a piece of peel) in the hole you have dug seems to be the best method I have found, especially for single (and expensive!) bulbs like Lily trees …

 

 

Another trick is to plant daffodils and tulips in the same hole as that seems to deter squirrels too because they do not like daffodils…

We eat lots of bananas in my home.  I tear the peel from each banana into 6 pieces and store them in a plastic baggie in my freezer.  When I am ready to plant the bulbs, I have lots of banana peels to keep the squirrels away.

 

Try my banana peel trick and let me know if it works for you.  Now is the perfect time here in zone 4 to 5 for planting bulbs!

 

In bloom this second week of August in my Ottawa zone 4 to 5 gardens

Here are the newest perennial blooms in my own zone 4 to 5 gardens this second week of August;

 

This ornamental grass is my favourite although it is only an annual here in zone 4 or 5.  It makes a beautiful centerpiece for a container or it can be planted right in the garden!

August
annual ornamental grass

 

Still strutting their stuff, these perennials are still looking great:

 

On their way out (unfortunately) are my gorgeous lilies.  They will return bigger and better than ever next year though!  Every client I have planted some of these lily trees for have commented on how spectacular they are, well worth the price.

 

I hope you are enjoying these weekly walks through my gardens…

whole garden

End of July blooms in zone 4 to 5

In bloom the end of July here in my Ottawa zone 4 to 5 gardens are more lilies, more roses, more of everything that was in bloom last week.

The lily trees are absolutely spectacular. There must be close to thirty blossoms on the three plants at my front lamp post and more in my back garden. I have also planted some of these lily trees in my clients’ gardens.

 

My favourite rose this end of July is a pale, blush pink:

end of July
palest pink rose

 

As I was walking around my backyard, a pair of cardinals were flitting through my plum tree watching me. The red male really stood out against the green of the leaves, he came to within a few feet of me…

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Lily trees

For the past three years I have purchased lily tree bulbs in bulk to sell to my clients.  Whatever bulbs I do not sell and plant in my clients’ gardens, I plant in my own.  Every year there seems to be a new variety available in the lily tree bulbs.  The first season the plant grows to about three feet tall, the second year to about four feet tall and the third year over six feet tall.  Last year’s oldest plant had 16 blooms on it!  Here are a few recent pictures of the lily trees in my gardens…

 

 

I’m sure you agree, they are gorgeous!

 

Lily Trees

In a previous post I talked about these glorious lily trees.  They look like regular asiatic lilies on steroids. One I planted in the fall of 2012 currently has sixteen flower buds on a six foot high and 1 inch thick stalk! Last fall I planted several for various clients and put the left over bulbs in my own gardens

Lily Trees for Your Garden

These spectacular beauties are lily trees.  The last two pictures are from my own garden one year after planting a single bulb next to my front lamp post.

These lily trees look beautiful at the back of garden borders where their foliage lasts all season providing a lush green backdrop for other perennials.  I have had problems with japanese beetles devouring other lilies I have planted previous years, but for some reason the beetles do not bother these lily trees.  Their stems are very sturdy, reaching up to 4 feet the first year and 8 feet in three years.  New stems form from a single bulb, with at least 4 massive, gorgeous flowers the first season, and up to 30 in three years. They come in many solid colors, including white, yellow, purple, pink as well as many combinations of those colors.

I have ordered thirty of these lily tree bulbs that are to be shipped from Holland shortly.  Including shipping charges and taxes, they are $8 per bulb.  Please let me know if you would like one or more for your gardens.  They should be arriving soon, to be planted this fall…