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Talkback: How to deadhead lilies

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 19:56

I do the same Fidget

If you allow the seeds to form the bulb will be weaker the following year and produce fewer and smaller blooms. 

If I understand his final sentence correctly, Frank 4004 seems to be under the misapprehension that deadheading lilies will produce sideshoots and more flowers as with delphiniums, lupins etc, but this is not so.  Each bulb produces just the one flower spike, as with other bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinth etc. 

Guilty of overmanicuring gardens at the expense of wildlife?

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 13:44

I agree Gemma

And I really hope that Blackcap doesn't let her cats out at night to hunt the small mammals that are mainly nocturnal and the amphibians who love the early morning dampness of our lawns and are out and in the summer about much earlier than most humans get up to let their cats indoors.

As someone who's job used to entail my driving through the countryside very early in the morning, the number of cats I saw dead on the road at that time of day was horrifying.  Keep cats indoors at night too!

slugs on the run

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 13:16

It reduced the slug attacks on my plants - whether it killed the slugs or not I don't know - there weren't any slugs laying on their backs with their toes in the air.

I've not used it in this garden as we don't have too bad a slug problem (fingers crossed) but I may give it a go again this year on some of my hostas.

slugs on the run

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 13:00

The recipe I know is two whole heads of garlic  crushed and boiled in 2 pints of water for 5 mins - leave to cool then strain and bottle.  Use two teaspoons in a 1 pint hand sprayer.   Don't spray when the sun is on the plants.


Posted: 09/03/2015 at 11:36
Verdun wrote (see)

Call the Midwife, Poldark, Indian summers....all ok but couldn't we have some boxing on in between?  


There was plenty of that in Poldark !!!


Don't they have a Hospital Car service down your way Verdun?  When you take the patient today you could make some enquiries at Reception, explaining that you have 'other committments' and cannot always be relied upon to be available and the last thing you want to do is to let someone down

Ah, this looks like what your neighbour needs


The Chelsea Fringe

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 10:24

I've just seen this on our local news website

It seems that there are events being planned nationwide - is there anything going on near you?

Mail Order Plants - Where from?

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 10:17

Any decent sized hardy perennials should be fine to be planted out now - as long as the ground's not frozen or waterlogged - but you could always email or phone Woottens and check with them about specific plants - they're very helpful

Mail Order Plants - Where from?

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 09:51

Whereabouts are you?

What is my mystery bulb thats growing....

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 09:43

Tulips - mine have been up for ages

Early Potatoes

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 08:16

I come from Suffolk - when I lived there I planted early potatoes around the first week in April.

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