Canada Lilies are finally blooming here along the coast. They were very late here this year, as were many perennials.

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These exotic wildflowers are native to much of New England and Canada. Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds love them as do an increasing number of gardeners who now can purchase them from plant nurseries.  And, in days of yore, Native Americans loved to eat them.

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Unfortunately, White-Tailed Deer also love to eat Canada Lilies. More worrisome, however, is the spread of the Scarlet Lily Beetle (Liliocens lilii), another lily leaf muncher. It’s a voracious non-native that was introduced into Canada from Europe or Asia in the 20th Century and is now attacking lilies throughout New England. Keep your fingers crossed. (Brooklin, Maine)