There they are, just starting to grow, barely out of the ground, and what happens?
They are savaged.
Savaged by the rapacious lily beetles. We had hoped the long winter would kill them off, but no. We'd seen a few, here and there over the last few days, but today Linda caught them boiling out of the ground to feast on young innocent tender succulent lily. Poor thing.
It's going to be a long summer keeping the lily beetles repressed. Anybody that comes over and kills some lily beetles, or the rose mites/beetles, goes home with a bottle of wine.
Here's the first bloom from a plant in the back patio garden. I think it's a tulip.