Did the Easter Bunny deliver a lily to your house? Remember, after our last frost, you can add your lily to your landscape. Ideally, the lily will be back to greet you again next spring, and the spring after that, acting as a perennial in your garden. If your lily does not take, well, you probably would have tossed the plant anyway once it’s beauty eventually faded; so why not give it a try? The elegant white blossoms contrasting with dark green foliage will add a striking element to any garden.
To give your Easter lily a more permanent home in your Front Range garden, follow these easy steps:
• Make sure the danger of frost is past.
• The plants prefer their roots in the shade and their heads in the sun. To help keep roots cooler, I’ve added wood mulch around the base of my Easter lilies; and they seemed to appreciate that.
• Spreading roots as much as possible, plant lily bulb in well-drained soil.
• At least 3 inches of soil should cover the top of the bulb.
• Cut plant to soil line as it dies back.
• Given the right growing conditions, the lilies will bloom again next year, providing you with a perfect symbol of resurrection.
If you don’t add your Easter lily to your landscape, be sure to add it to your compost bin. If you don’t have a compost bin, give the lily to somebody who does.
And recycle that pretty, but earth-enemy foil wrapper: Aluminum foil has the half-life of plutonium! I’m overstating the case, but really, perhaps the lily growers need to reconsider. Maybe next year, mindful growers will abandon foils in favor of more Earth-friendly recycled paper printed with vegetable dyes–maybe some nice floral patterns. The more simple paper would let the beauty of the lilies shine, rather than all that aluminum foil.
For more info: Read more about the history and lore of Easter lilies.
Colleen Smith’s debut novel Glass Halo, set in Denver, was a finalist for the Santa Fe Literary Prize and was praised in the latest issue of The Bloomsbury Review. The novel is available online and through your favorite bookstore.
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