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20/01/2014 at 12:38

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20/01/2014 at 12:46

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KEF
20/01/2014 at 14:47

Lovely pictures & lilies Bill. Glad you can again post pictures

Maybe silly question but do you have any problems with lily beetles?

How you doing?

20/01/2014 at 15:41

Doesn't look like he does Kef,   sorry, i'll put myself on the naughty step.

 

Lovely pics Bill,   is that a stargazer i see?

20/01/2014 at 16:03

KEF the beetles are terrible here so when the lilies have started to grow I check them in the morning and again in the evening.I hand pick them then crush them under my boot,being red they are easy to see. KEF the back of my house faces South and the west side of garden is  loaded with lilies and red beetles,the east side also has lots of lilies but not one red beetle.I really don't know why. Yard is 45 Ft wide.

Star gaze lily that sure is and its a beautiful lily

Bill

20/01/2014 at 20:50
What beautiful pictures, I love Lillys and bought 4 more at the end of last summer when they were reduced. I replanted them in big tubs but there is no sign of life yet so hope I haven't killed them! I have no idea what they are called though so maybe when (if) they flower I could post some pics for the experts.
21/01/2014 at 12:03

We grow large numbers of lilies, mostly in pots, but a few in the ground.  I also go around - with a tea strainer - once the lily beetles appear, and do a dance of joy as I kill them on the paths.  Twice a day watchfulness, plus the odd one spotted out of the kitchen window keeps the infestation to the almost manageable status.  Some lilies are more attacked than others, one or two small yellow ground grown ones are just used as sacrificial plants, upon which I can catch and kill larger numbers of the red devils, thus hopefully protecting the others.  Also grow fritillaries which they are supposed to like, but so far, thank goodness, have not found the beetles on those - enough lilies to keep them busy I suppose. 

24/01/2014 at 17:16
Tracey-Newbie wrote (see)
What beautiful pictures, I love Lillys and bought 4 more at the end of last summer when they were reduced. I replanted them in big tubs but there is no sign of life yet so hope I haven't killed them! I have no idea what they are called though so maybe when (if) they flower I could post some pics for the experts.

Hi Tracey, your lilies will be a few weeks yet before you see any growth on them - don't worry, I'm sure you won't have killed them. I have a lot of my lilies in pots and I store them in my unheated greenhouse, as a precaution for Winter. With the mild weather we have had so far, I doubt your bulbs would be killed off even if you have left them in pots outside!

24/01/2014 at 21:15

Just a tip if you buy late.  Sometimes, the way bulbs are marketed now.  Often the bulbs will be showing signs of drying out and shrinking.  Prior to planting Place them on a layer of moist peat, lightly cover with the same.  The bulbs will draw out the moisture and plump themselves up.  Once having regained their shape and size, go ahead and plant.

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