Very few of my Tiger Lilies bloomed, but what did reminded me of why I grow them!
M Y G A R D E N —Though more than six feet tall, some bugs/beetles have devoured my Tiger Lilies! Of the dozen or so plants, all but three have been stripped bare and never even flowered! Whatever the insect was ate the leaves and then ate the buds. I can't believe the small red bugs I see on them wer able to do it, but I really haven't seen anything else except for a few Japanese Beetles. It definitely wasn't the deer—they just eat everything very neatly, lol. But whatever, of the few that I have blooming, I'm still in love with them! The way their petals curl backwards all the way and then some is so dramatic! The anthers are very stylized as well, and the polka-dots are not only a different color than the petals but are three-dimensional, they're raised up a bit. As true perennial gardeners and NY Mets fans always say, "There's always next year!"
Hard to find a bad angle to shoot Tigers. Well you know what I mean!