Posted: 08/07/2014 at 21:23
I had an email today from Rebecca. The lady in charge of the BBC 2 program. It seems I had posted somewhere, that I was a Lily enthusiast and was adding to my collection. OK True. However as like most gardeners. This year must now hold the record for slug and snail invasions. Believe me. We Brits are not the only ones to have suffered. I am also into other scientfic fields, and reports being circulated, don't paint a rosy picture. Back to the email. Rebecca, has asked me how I have got on this year. If only we could talk face to face. Rebecca, it has been a ghastly year. I spent a small fortune purchasing fresh lily bulbs. Planting and labelling etc. All of a sudden everything started to grow. Bulbs sprouting, seeds germinating here there and everywhere. Roses needing pruning etc, shrubs just going mad. Then Bang! Mike ends up in hospital. Not for long, but the after effects have lingered on. Despite all attempts. Messres slug, snail and partners, really attend to my lilies. Some had barely poked through the compost, and, gotcha. Not always by the firm, Slug, snail and co, but soilborne insects. So a lesson to be learned. When spraying the plant. DON'T forget the soil/compost. To be honest, and as a pro. I have to admit. I hang my head low. In all honesty. My lilies were a disaster. I belong to the RHS Lily group, so perhaps I might rake out the old begging bowl, who knows.