The lilies are beginning to bloom throughout the garden.
Already, a thunderstorm has snapped the stalk of one where it’s tied. My fault: I had tied her in too low below the heavy cluster of blooms. The first photo shows a lily with a short stake and the tie only halfway up the stalk.
In the second photo, you see the tie near the top of the lily, using a longer stake.
I always remove the spent blooms, which discourages seed formation and results in more energy stored in the bulb, rather than in seeds.