Posted: 03/06/2014 at 06:50
Hi Louise Don't worry about being a novice, we all started somewhere and the only stupid questions are the ones you don't ask
Your lilies won't flower again this year, but it should do next year. I would take off the dead flowers and give the plant a good feed of fertiliser - I use Fish Blood & Bone on all my plants - use according to the directions on the packet. Water it in and put the plants outside in a sheltered place - not shady but not too sunny and leave it there for the summer, watering when dry.
Eventually the leaves will die down for the winter - all the nutrients from the leaves will pass back into the bulbs, giving them energy to flower again in the following year - that's why we feed them with fertiliser after they've flowered - to build up the leaves
I leave mine outside all year round - I protect the pots with bubble wrap and put them against the house wall in a sheltered corner for the winter. In the spring remove the wrapping and as I see the buds coming through the soil I move the pots into a sunnier position.
You just have to keep your eyes open for the bright red lily beetles that will eat their way through the whole plant if you let them - just squidge them.
Also protect them from slugs - I got some sheeps wool pellets from the garden centre and put them on the surface of the soil - the slugs don't like the texture so stay away.
My lilies are budding up nicely and will soon be bursting into flower.