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Lily planting advice

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 07:57

There is still time to plant lilies. Bulb prices vary, but generally you pay more for bigger bulbs, and they give the best flowers. If they are in pots, it is easier to stop snails eating the new shoots.  They need a rich well drained soil, and plant at least six inches deep.  If you use pots they need to be deep pots, so you can have drainage at the bottom, then some compost, then the bulb, then another six inch of compost. 

Feed throughout the season. The worst pest is the red lily beetle. Destroy all lily beetles on sight. They are not native, and there is no natural predator.

Turks cap and tiger lilies are both fine in dappled shade.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 21:24

I wished they showed more of the flyball and obedience etc on crufts.

Kef, I think your pooter is slow because us oop north have electrickery and t,interweb and its slower than that they have down south. I'm supposed to have the fastest interweb. Not when the kids get home from school though.

I asked the Virgin man if he could speed it up, and he says its coming. So is Christmas. I bet Christmas gets here first.

Ever been had ??

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 21:04

I think that all of mine are G. Elwesii. They seem to be quite tall. I find they increase rapidly, as do the snowflakes that follow them.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 18:54

Bought a young Brugmansia  sanguinea and potted it on.

Chopped down some buddlejas and filled a wheely bin.

Saw a butterfly fluttering through the garden, reddish ,I didn't get close enough to be certain.

Iris blue harmony and some early tulips are out in pots.

It felt definitely spring like today.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 22:01

Interesting bit about pelargoniums growing on the beach in South Africa. I have never been to South Africa, but  I bought some seeds back that I took off of a plant on the beach in Western Australia. We called it "peppermint beach" not because it smelt of peppermint, but that was the beach I took it off.   Happy days.

I spent some time on the phone to my electrickery supplier tonight. I had a new meter fitted last year. When it first got read before Christmas,they mixed around the night and day units.  I read it and of course the figures dont match. I know that I use much more in the day than at night, but they mixed them up. I think its sorted now. Also I've been overpaying. Cue a refund and  a reduction in the direct debit.

Yes I should have picked it up sooner, but last year was a bit of a nightmare with his mum and my dad dying in the same year.  Checking meter readings was the last thing on my mind.

I went to mums today and she was not in.  Hmm. New shoes out of box so she had gone out. I tracked her down to a local hostelry, with her two remaining sisters and two of my cousins. We joined them for lunch as it was Aunty Shirleys 80th Birthday, and she wanted to go out for lunch for her Birthday. She doesn't know that there is a surprise party planned for Sunday in another local hostelry.

Lily Beetle

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 10:35

I give mine one spray with provado ultimate bug killer, when I spot the first beetle. That lasts for six weeks, and then I leave them.  Squash all red beetles.

The bug killer will have worn off by the time they flower.

Need help germinating some old bulbs w/ pic

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 15:53

I think theyve already gone to join her. Bulbs dont germinate, thats for seeds. If they dont grow each year, they're dead.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 06:09

Morning beckie. I'm still in bed. OH woke me up when he went to Portsmouth at  silly o clock.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 19:20

Best buckets for toms  are the florists buckets. Morrisons sell them off in packs, work out about 10p each. You have to drill a few holes in yourself.

I planted 84 Salvia patens seeds in a plug tray today. A couple of last years plants are already sprouting. They will flower first, then this years afterwards.

plants

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 16:55

What type of roscoea?

. I managed to germinate some R. Cautleyoides from the Kew beauty plants I have. I planted the seed as soon as the pods split. They died down last year, and I am waiting to see if they reappear in May.

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