When we first moved to this house, there was one flower bed in our backyard... It had large established tiger lilies and purple peonies - which continue to bloom in July. I loved the joy of having these flowers suddenly appear - without my having to do any planting.
Eventually I divided the plants, extending the garden. My first goal was to add flowers that bloom from early spring to late fall.
Unfortunately, squirrels are attracted to the tulips once they begin to bloom. I'm not sure what part they eat, but I come across petals lying on the ground...
It's discouraging... Not sure what I can do to spare them... (Even sprinkling the flowers with pepper - a solution someone suggested - doesn't deter our squirrels!)
Every day, I gaze out at the side yard and enjoy the animals - and the flowers I can see from the window.
This brings me to my second gardening goal, which is: to be able to look out and see flowers from any window in the house, all summer long!