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While sorting out my photos I noticed that I have enjoyed wonderful lilies this year. Now I know that it is only a matter of time until the dreaded Red Lily Beetle arrives here..its already up in the North of England and perhaps even the Borders. But until that sad day comes, I can continue to enjoy these gorgeous blooms which enjoy the full sun in my garden and the light soil in the areas where they are planted.

In heavier areas I have planted them on top of a bed of grit or sand to help drainage during the winter. It seems to work well. This year I have particularly enjoyed my new Martagon or ’Turk’s Cap’ Lilies. But they are all beautiful and the first asiatic ones I planted here…‘Young Lady’ are still one of the flowers I most look forward to seeing in the summer.

This autumn I had to replant some of Young Lady as she had wriggled her bulbs too close to the surface of the soil. But this only means they will be spread around even more and have more room to multiply.

I enjoy bulbs generally. I find them so rewarding. You don’t need to pull them out every three years and divide them. They are reliable performers and they bring a palette of colour and beauty of form that is unrivalled by anything else as they sway gently on their long tall stems that hardly ever need any support. Unlike many herbaceous perennials, the foliage never overtakes the flowers, and with Lilies the leaves are almost as lovely as the flowers as they push up in whorls during Spring. After flowering you just leave them to die back completely before gently pulling the spent stems away from the soil in the autumn.

As far as the Lilies go, I have a mixture of Asiatic (no scent), Oriental (heavy scent) and Martagon varieties (with the smaller but more plentiful flowers that hang down and reflex their petals. They are also beautifully scented)

Oh, I do hope the Beetles don’t get here any time soon!

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Beautiful collection there Karen. I bet you can put together a stunning arrangement for indoors. I hope they bring you many years of enjoyment.

30 Nov, 2018

 

Oh my what gorgeous Lilies! Sad to say the darned beetle got mine after several years of enjoying their blooms (mine were all Orientals ) I do hope yours stay clear.

30 Nov, 2018

 

Thanks Bathgate! Julia, I fear they are on borrowed time, but you never know. Not everybody likes Scotland!

30 Nov, 2018

 

Gorgeous lilies, Karen. Love them.
What is the very dark one in the lower image, please?

30 Nov, 2018

 

Hi Karen, you'r lucky not to have them, I stopped growing Lilies almost 10 years ago, because of them, I also had a mix of Asiatic and oriental, but never grew Martagon, gave me a lovely show every year, then the beetles arrived, Derek.

30 Nov, 2018

 

Eirlys..thank you Landini is nearly black. Its quite unusual! :)

30 Nov, 2018

 

Lovely lilies. I've only got one but looking at yours makes me want more.

1 Dec, 2018

 

I remember your lilies, you did very well, ours were mixed, but we usually have a good display despite the beetles!! it doesn't stop us from growing them!! love them too much!

1 Dec, 2018

 

Thanks Jen. Angela, I’m very squeamish, so not sure I can cope with beetle squishing. Do you do a lot of that?

2 Dec, 2018

 

I don't but Peter does.....and you do get used to it, believe me when it comes to saving your blooms, you won't hesitate!!

2 Dec, 2018

 

Stunning lilies. I have a few but they always get attacked by the Lily Beetle regardless where you try to hide them!
We live in the Fens, nobody around us is a keen gardener so there are no close gardens with flowers let alone Lilies. Being Fenland there are miles of fields, dykes and open land - so the question is, where do they come from, it's not as if they short fly/hop from garden to garden?
Visions of high flying Lily beetles, travelling miles until they see far below a few lone Lilies. Doesn't seem plausible, but they appear - and have to be squished Karen.

4 Dec, 2018

 

Oh dear Honeysuckle. You’re so right..its amazing how they travel. We underestimate the insects don’t we!

5 Dec, 2018

 

Hi, Lily beetle'swill attack other members of the Liliaceae family, but only lay their eggs on lillies and Fritillaries, Derek.

5 Dec, 2018

 

Thanks Derek. :)

5 Dec, 2018

 

I ordered quite a few Martagon and tiger lilies this autumn as they flower just when my garden needs a splash of colour, and they arrived a couple of weeks ago, when it was rain rain rain. I probably shouldn't have but on Saturday I've planted them in deep pots with sharp sand underneath the bubs and on top.

3 Dec, 2019

 

Im sure they will be fine Dawn. I was just planting bulbs last week and accidentally dug one up and it was perfectly healthy looking in spite of all the rain. :)

3 Dec, 2019

 

Thanks, the other reason I planted in pots is so that I know exactly where to put them in the ground at the height of summer, when the other plants are in full growth, I particularly like the sound of Martagon as they’ll take some shade.

4 Dec, 2019

 

Yes, they do, and they are so beautiful...the leaves are in whorls around the stem which makes them beautiful in their own right.

4 Dec, 2019

 

I'm looking forward to them :)

4 Dec, 2019

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