Lilies for cut flower

This question was asked by
Alistair H

Hi I am looking to plant some lilies for cut flowers. Could you advise on which are the best type for this purpose. I believe the ones my wife likes best are longiflorum type but are there other types that make good cut flowers ?

Thank you

Alistair

Hi Alistair

I would say they are all great for cut flower but maybe avoid the tree lilies are they are rather large with very thick stems. 
All the roselilies are gorgeous, stamen-free and carry a beautiful perfume. These would be my first choice for cut flower. 

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Lilies and Cats

This question was asked by
Rachel N

Hi there,
I was thinking about buying different sorts of lillies for my garden.
However, there is a neighbourhood cat that does sometimes come into my garden.
I love lillies but which ones are safe to plant in terms of cats. I read some are highly toxic but others may just cause irritation if ingested
Can you send me a list of which ones are safest/less toxic to plant?
Thanks
Rachel NEWMAN

Hi Rachel

I would advise trying the pollen-free lilies as this eliminates the risk of the cats brushing past the pollen and licking it off their fur, that’s where the problem can sometimes be. Mosts cats are clever enough not to eat anything from the garden as most plants can be poisonous to them if ingested. 

Roselilies

Pollen Free Lilies

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soil type for lilies

This question was asked by
Keith M

We bought some lilies at the show and did not check soil requirements. Some need ericaceous according to which website you use. i believe we got them from yourselves, Tribal dance, chardonnay and natalia will they be ok in general compost or do they need lime free.

Hi Keith

If you are planting your lilies in the garden, then your Asiatic Lily (Tribal Dance) prefers an alkaline soil and the Roselilies (Chardonnay and Natalia) prefer an acidic soil. However, if you are planting your lilies in pots then a good multipurpose compost would be absolutely fine for all of them. 

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Planting advice on lilies.

This question was asked by
Jemma

Hi, I bought Sabor and Snow peak double oriental bulbs from the gardeners world show yesterday, when should I plant these please? And if I can’t plant them now, how should I store them please?
Thank you!

Hi there, 

You need to plant your lilies ASAP as they will be in flower in about 10 weeks time. You can store your lily bulbs for a week or two in a fridge but I would advise planting them as soon as you can. 

Kind regards

Victoria 

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Planting lilies in June

This question was asked by
Jenny M

Hi – we bought some lily bulbs (Roselily Isabella) at Chelsea Flower Show – I did not plant them immediately on coming back so is it too late to plant them now (in a pot because I have clay soil) for flowering this summer, or should I wait until next spring?

Kind regards
Jenny

Hi jenny

Please plant them ASAP as they need to flower this year. Your lilies will take about 10-12 weeks to flower from planting.

Roselily isabella

Roselily Isabella

Best wishes

Victoria

The Hart Family

Thomas A Edison Dahlia

This question was asked by
Lyn H

Hello, I would like to order one tuber of Thomas A Edison Dahlia. Your website indicates that ordering just one is out of stock, yet you seem to have the option to order more that are in stock. Can you help? Thank you.

Hi there,

 

We have finished sending out Dahlias for this year I’m afraid. They will soon be available to pre-order for delivery in February. Please check back again soon or click on the link provided to be notifed when it is back in stock to order.

 

Thomas A Eddison

Dahlia Thomas A. Edison

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Thank you

This question was asked by
Debbie C

I was one of the lucky people to get a bunch of your lilies when you were dismantling your display at The Chelsea Flower Show on Saturday and I just wanted to thank you very much for them . The flowers are stunning (and so big!) and the scent is amazing.
I did actually buy some bulbs from you earlier in the day (Shine On) so I’ll look forward to enjoying them too.

Aww you’re very welcome. Thank you for taking the time to email. If you are on social media and fancy posting any photos, please Tag us in them, we’d love to see them.

Thanks again
Victoria

The Hart Family