Latest posts by lilysilly

Discoveries and Disappointments

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 17:38

I know them as Honeybells and have had them for years now. They smell gorgeous and as you both say the bees love them. I like the way the seed heads point themselves upwards too.

Discoveries and Disappointments

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 16:50

I gave my lilies to a workmate this spring , even my prized tree lillies because of the dreaded lily beetle. I had swarms of the blighters last year and frankly l got sick of squishing them all. She was telling me how lovely they were looking and how she hadn't had any beetles at all. I just told her they haven't found you yet, just wait. I should change my forum name really. 

I love water lilies, alas no pond or space now for one.

Discoveries and Disappointments

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 16:33

B3, alstromeria are pretty easy. I bought one Indian Summer plant reduced cheap, put it in a big plant pot with plenty of grit and blood fish and bone, it did great right into late autumn. This spring l divided into 2, again into large pots, they romped away. I'm not sure how well they'd do in a border, might be too vigorous for some. 

I've tried freesias never had a flower, so good luck.

Discoveries and Disappointments

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 16:10

I love my big purple alliums. The foliage is large but by the time they are ready to open out some hardy geranium or astrantia has covered it up nicely for me. The disappointment about alliums is no matter how well l think I've marked the spot, one always accidentally gets halved when weeding.

I've discovered a true lilac agapanthus this year called Liams Lilac, absolutely beautiful in flower. Also a pure purple agapanthus called Twilight Zone, a real dark amethyst colour flower with sturdy stems.

I didn't do hanging baskets this year and tbh haven't missed them at all. My garden is usually a sun trap, alas not this summer, so the watering of them was always a pain, and no dead heading of petunias this year which has been a bonus.

I treated myself to a new clematis this spring. One that l had admired in an NGS open garden last summer. It's a Betty Corning variety. Little lilac and white scented bell like flowers, a really cute , healthy quite vigorous clematis.

Alstromeria Indian Summer has been fantastic this year. I've pulled loads of stems for the house and the flowers outside have been covered in bees.

My sweetpeas have been truly awful, not enough sun l think. But l know I'll try again next year. I can't resist the scent.

how to grow agapanthus from seed heads

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 15:58

Hi Bev, you will need to leave the seed head on the plant for the seeds to mature and dry. If you pick the seed heads whilst still green the seeds will not be viable inside. So leave until the stalk and seed heads are brown and dry, and the seed cases are papery and you can see the black seeds which resemble little tadpoles. Then pick carefully the whole seed head and store in a brown paper bag, don't forget to label, until you wish to sow. They germinate easily, I've had them pop up in cracks in the patio. I only leave one stalk on a agapanthus plant to go to seed properly, l feel this conserves the plants energy for the following summer's plants. 

What variety of agapanthus do you have? I'm just being nosy because they are one of my favourite plants.😀

Pest on alstromeria? Help

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 11:46

Oops Autumn. I've bought 2 more this year. Polka and Serenade because they impressed me with their performance. 

Pest on alstromeria? Help

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 11:44

Hi Millymolly, l have the same alstromeria, Indian Summer, as you, also in its second year. I am sure that the leaf nibbler will have been a slug or snail. Check under your inner pot, and underneath your glazed pot for any lurking around and deal with them . When the flowers are done and start to drop their petals pull the whole stem out with a sharp tug, only then will the roots be stimulated to make new shoots. The stem in picture 1 has started to form seed heads so needs to be yanked out now. I think the problem with the leaves looking mottled is a lack of feed issue. I divided my one plant into 2 plants back in the spring. I replanted them in a John lnnes 3 compost, with a third added multi purpose compost to loosen it a bit, added a little grit too for extra drainage and some blood fish and bone for an extra boost. They are both doing really well and are flowering beautifully. Did you give yours fresh compost back in the spring, or any feed? If you didn't, I'd do it now, it's not too late, mine were still flowering at the end of autumn last year. I don't know if they are prone to the dreaded vine weevil, l didn't notice any in mine, anyhow your wash will deal with any. 

You have a new shoot showing in picture 2, so that's a good sign. They are in my experience pretty tough plants that give a wonderful show all summer and

Alstroemeria No flowers

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 16:18

Four years is a long time without flowers. What variety of alstromeria is it? Do you still have the name label? 

I've got three pots of alstromeria on my patio. Indian Summer, which l divided this spring into two good sized clumps and Polka. Both are currently flowering beautifully. Have you changed the compost at all, or fed your alstromeria plant each year? In my limited experience of them they are hungry plants and like a good feed, added organic matter and benefit from a long drink a few times a week in summer. Mine are on pot feet for extra drainage and l did add grit when l repotted them in early spring. Are they getting enough sunshine too? My sister in law bought one at the same time as me. Hers l noticed is weak and spindly and hasn't any flower buds forming. She has hers in quite a shady area.

I hope this helps, if not l expect someone else will come along with the answer for you. You are also very patient waiting four years for a flower. Mine would have been composted by now.😀

Honeysuckle serotina

Posted: 19/06/2017 at 11:01

I had to chop my Serotina back hard a few weeks ago. It is growing against our shed and was so vigorous and heavy it's wire supports needed replacing. I tried at first untangling it but soon gave up and chopped it back. I fed it, watered it really well and gave it the last of my leaf mould as a deep mulch. It's growing back with vigour. I've put up proper big eyelets and new wire and see it as an opportunity to train it better this time. I'm sure it will flower next year. 

I would therefore say chop yours back too, if it's showing signs of distress at your neighbours treatment of it you have nothing to lose. You could then train your honeysuckle away from theirs so it won't get tangled with their variety.

what is this flowering shrub?

Posted: 19/06/2017 at 10:31

Looks very much like my phyladelphus Silver Showers. I think my phyladelphus blossoms smell of strawberries. Lovely scented shrub and stays quite compact.

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