My mom has a bed of lilies in front of her house and they have grown almost four feet tall this year. The last pictures shows them in all their glory. I also took several snaps of the flowers--today I share the white ones. More to come in the following days.
It's been rainy, then sunny here today. It looks like I have won the war on the slugs (knock on wood). There must have been absolutely hundreds of slugs--at least three varieties--on my flowers and porches this year. Cedar mulch did nothing--beer didn't work--I was hesitant to go the chemical route with all the other animals around. So I did the low-tech thing--salt. Yes, some people like a little slug with their salt--I carried a large shaker box of salt with me and sprinkled a bit on every slug I encountered. It is disgusting--they literally turn to slime. But this was war--they destroyed my beautiful peach iris this year--took giant hunks out of all the blossoms and leaves. Turns out salt is not good for grass--it died in places--but brown grass is infinitely better than hundreds of slugs. Who knew that plain old table salt could become a weapon of mass destruction?!?!