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Lily beetles

Posted: Yesterday at 19:18

Hi Verdun, I did and do exactly the same as you! If I do miss one first time and it does it's trick of falling to the ground and lying on it's back I give the ground around the plant a quick spray of insecticide.

Green Magpie, I wondered the same as you when I first planted lilies. Now I have a bit more gardening experience I've learnt that whatever you plant it will attract whatever feeds on it. I planted roses, they got greenfly, I planted Philadelphus, that got blackfly, I planted primulas/primroses and caterpillars decimated some of them, etc, etc.

Now I plant nasturtiums to attract the blackfly away from other plants, spray some plants with insecticide and spend a lot of time checking for caterpillars.

ID for tall flowering plant.

Posted: Yesterday at 19:06

Thanks to everyone who replied, and thanks Dove for the positive ID. I have no idea why I said blue when I meant write lilac! Not enough sleep is my excuse.

ID for tall flowering plant.

Posted: Yesterday at 16:16

Here are some much better pictures. I went into the garden earlier and one has flowered.


Lily beetles

Posted: Yesterday at 12:28

Yes, some of my lilies in the borders are just budding. Whereabouts are you Dove?

ID for tall flowering plant.

Posted: Yesterday at 10:47

Anyone recognise the plant in the pic's. It came from a box of so-called wildflower seed last year and quite a lot of them have appeared. Sorry about the quality of the pic's, I've edited pictures of other plants to get them.

They're fast-growing and tall, 1m+ in some cases. They have a group of small 'tubular flower buds in a small group at the top of the stem. The flowers are blue.



Lily beetles

Posted: Yesterday at 10:25

I squashed the first 2 red lily beetles of the year yesterday. Here in Sheffield they are guaranteed to turn up in May. They were on some young plants in pots that I've brought on from bulblets.

As yet they haven't appeared on the mature lilies in the borders, but they will!

Keepers or chuckers?

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 14:58

Thanks Darren, very useful advice. The good thing, and probably the reason they're doing so well, is that the back garden border I've set aside for mainly wildflowers. So the plants there are in quite heavy clay soil that's just been dug over and had most of the stones removed.

I've not added any compost and last year I didn't use any feed for the plants there and they all did very, very well.

Broad leafed plant ID, please.

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 14:53

Thanks to both of you. I just googled some images of large alliums and there are certainly boad, strappy-leaved ones that are very similar. I shall pass the info on.

Small flower ID, please.

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 11:10

Hi Wishbone, thanks for the very prompt respponse. I think you're spot on! I had a quick look and it seems to be Bellis 'Pomponette'.

Keepers or chuckers?

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 11:07

Thanks for the prompt replies. I should have known this one

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ID for tall flowering plant.

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Lily beetles

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Small flower ID, please.

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Keepers or chuckers?

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Broad leafed plant ID, please.

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Rose pruning question

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Aromatic shrub ID, please

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Can someone help ID these 2 small flowers.

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3 flowering plants for ID, please.

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Lily beetles in October!

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Last Post: 15/10/2014 at 10:19

Seed swap link wanted

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More ID's for plants in my wildflower border, please.

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Plants to keep or not?

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Back for some more small flower ID's, please.

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When to move philadelphus?

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