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Lillie Beetles

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 09:14

they do say cats are very wise 😊

But as gardeners I think we are naturally, generous, practical and to a point kind humans, unless something or somebody decides to destroy what we have spent time planning and creating for all to enjoy.

So I say don't feel bad when we react to nasty destructive things just get rid of it/them and carry on enjoying your garden ha ha πŸ˜…

Lillie Beetles

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 11:46

Hi y'all yes I agree we are the preditors at the moment, but yes the artical was interesting and I always say if you learn one thing its a bonus, so I'm glad that you found it interesting.

Gurnsey Donkey 2 I had to smile when I read that you throw them over the wall but you think they come back, did you read about the lady who did that with snails?

She put a spot of coloured nail polish on thier shells and chucked them over the fence (iyes you guessed it in a couple of days she spotted them back in her garden, they reckon they always find thier way back so better to do the deed and get rid.

Lillie Beetles

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 17:33

hi, everyone, i found a Canadian Website yesterday with quite a bit of info regarding the  Lillie Beetles and it was very interesting.

Basically, they said the Lillie beetle has no known predators in England just now.

However, some time ago Canada was overrun with them and they consequently invented an organic pesticide to keep the numbers under control.

They are now working with the British powers that be in the development of a pesticide for us and are hopeful to have something in the near future.

They also said that Lillie Beetles lay thier eggs in spring on the underside of the plant leaves cover them in poo, and the babies hatch out six or seven weeks later. They grow by eating leaves and aim for the flower buds before falling into the soil below to pupate, (which I guess we already know this)

The adult beetle then take over around late summer to finish the job.

They said, If you suspect the Lillie beetle is attacking your plant, look at the bottom of your plant about half an inch into the soil as this is were they hang out before surfacing to eat, or reproduce, but you must be ready to catch them before they jump or fly.

I suppose we just have to keep doing what we are doing until a pesticode is developed, but I didn't know they hide in the soil so maybe this is another way of catching the little blighters and if we can catch the babies that's a bonus ha ha πŸ˜…

Lillie Beetles

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 10:55

I've never seen anything eating them or trying too, so like slugs, I ask myself  what is the point of them?

Maybe I will google the question and see what it comes up withπŸ˜€ 

Lillie Beetles

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 22:11

i get totally preoccupied in spring when the lilli beetle is about, I check my plants every time I walk past which could be lots of times when I'm gardening.

i have missed catching them a couple of times, but usually I creep up and grab em - and the leaf too rather than chance missing them, sometimes there is two of them mating, which is a shame but never mind ha ah.

What I can't understand is why are these insects such a brilliant red colour, I know their underside gives them some camouflage but the red tops can be spotted immediately ?  

Lillie Beetles

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 16:24

hi, having spent what felt like every minuet in spring, checking my lillies for Lillie Beetles I was surprised to find these babies on the underside of some lower leaves just now.

These little so and so's with poo all over them will grow bigger by eating my plants and go on to ruin mine and other Lilly plants In the future.

i know it's wildlife and everything has a place in this world but not in my garden on my lilles!!😑

Garden truck

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 16:15

Hi Doghouse Riley thanks for that,

I have two wheel barrows, which are great on the level, but I sometimes find them to high to put heavy pots or bags into or can go a bit off balance when I attempt to pull  the barrow up and onto a path or an higher level.

im thinking of something much lower and with a flat surface with four wheels rather than three.

i know you can buy large types of trucks because my friend has one but it's far too big for my needs and she doesn't know we're I might get one from either.

thanks all the same πŸ™‚

Can anyone know or recognise the identity of this plant.

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 15:45

Thanks Pete8 , that's very interesting and most unusual to think of a clematis tumbling rather than climbing.


Garden truck

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 15:29

Hi everybody, I'm looking to make my gardening jobs a bit easier and thinking I would benefit from a small truck of some sort with rubber wheels, with drop sides or flat bed may be ok.

I'm looking for something big enough to move compost bags and large garden pots which I happily  fill with plants then wonder how I'm going to lift and shift them.

would appreciate advice, places to purchase or even a picture of them.


How can I stop slugs and snails eating my Hosta?

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 15:06

Lee,I have noticed that the verigated hostas, blue hostas and those with ridges in the leaves (sorry not sure of thier names) are very much ignored by slugs for perhaps a couple of tiny holes in the odd leaves. I think the leaves are too tough for them.

i have about six or seven hostas growing happily in my flower beds.

i only buy or propergate these types and have no more problems.

hope this helps.

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