I am so upset about this damage on all of my lilies. I put cages around them for protection but something is doing major damage. I would really appreciate your input on this problem. Any and all help is greatly appreciated. Lesley
Critter. Squirrels perhaps.
Squirrels are the first thing that comes to mind for me, as well.
Rabbits, Deer, gophers, ground hogs,, probably but not squirrels.
agree with kimmsr
If anyone thinks that is deer damage, they've never had deer :)
I don't think it so much deer damage but I do rodent. I do not think squirrel. They get blamed for so much damage they don't do. Deer won't go to the base of a lily to munch.......and the lily would not still be standing and I see no way they could get their heads down to ground level inside that tiny cage. Something is either climbing up the cage and into the lilies or has a hole in the soil under those leaves. Vole, mouse, rat, chipmunk.
Anywhere I've lived, squirrels have been active in chawing on and stripping plants. Damage can occur at the ground level or high up in a tree. They do it for food, for moisture, for nest making material.
Voles are a possibility, too, besides rabbits.