The lilies in our front yard neither toil nor spin, but it does take a lot of effort to protect them from the deer. In the four years since buying this house, we’ve never seen this particular lily bloom because the deer devoured its tender blooms before they had a chance to open. To satisfy our desire for lilies, we bought beautiful metal art representations.
When the blooms appeared earlier this spring, we decided to make a greater effort to protect them. Our curiosity grew, and we wanted to know what color our lily would be. Every night at dusk we placed a black garbage bag over the plant, and every morning after the threat of hungry deer had passed, we removed it. It grew a bit tedious at times, but we persevered as the blooms evolved from spring green to magenta, and finally, one morning earlier this week, into a lovely rose-colored flower. Each morning when we removed the bag, we discovered another bloom–this morning there were six!
I suppose our neighborhood deer may still decide to nibble on our lily’s tasty flowers, but how can we be angry when they leave something as cute as this in our back yard?