We hope you are all keeping safe and well during these uncertain times and making the most of this glorious weather we are having. We are using this time away from the shows to bring you some videos to watch in the comfort of your own home. We will try and bring you some light-hearted entertainment on how to look after your lilies and other summer flowering bulbs over the coming months.
Hopefully, with the weather improving now, it’s a great time to spend in the garden! We’re relying more and more on the soothing effect of gardening to keep us busy and happy. Check out our offers below!
I have just received my order if trailing begonia tubers, thankyou fir such a quick service under these circumstances.
I just need to check if I can put them straight into the pots outside.?
Good evening – you’re very welcome.
Yes now the risk of frost has passed you can plant your begonias outside in pots in a nice sunny position.
You can find further instructions on how to plant your begonias on the page below:
Hi, I have a number of large pots of lilies bought as mixed collections. On the whole they are tall varieties. This will be their third season in pots and I would like to plant them out. Is now a good time or shall I sink the pots again for this season and plant them out after the flowers have died off. They are just beginning to shoot and have obviously multiplied as there are many ancillary small shoots.
When lifting and dividing your lilies, it’s best to wait for them to finish flowering and die back completely before you do so. Late Autumn to early winter is usually the time to be able to lift your lilies and replant them. I would leave them for this season as your lily bulbs have started showing signs of growth.
Good Morning. I have two pots, 48 Cm tall and 40 Cm diameter at the top, how many lily regale bulbs can I comfortably plant in each one?
Advice gratefully received. Thank you.
It does all depend on the type of arrangement you would like for your pots. I would suggest planting 3 to 5 bulbs in pot that big. Ideally I’d plant about 3 to give them the space they deserve as Regale lilies are such a stunning variety with large flower heads.
Hi, I would like to fill 10 x 14 inch hanging baskets with trailing begonias. How many tubers would you recommend per basket please?
When I know this, I can order from you.
It can be difficult to judge how many bulbs to plant in a basket. I would suggest 5 begonia tubers for a hanging basket of 10×14″. Our Begonias are about 3-4″ in diameter so it will depend on the size of the tuber.
Are you currently taking orders due to the Coronavirus? If so what is your estimated delivery time.
Thank you, Sophie
Yes we are still sending out our garden bulbs for as long as we can. Currently, we estimate about 3-5 working days. We use the Royal mail to deliver our parcels and they seem to be working on schedule with their 48hour delivery service.
I would appreciate advice as to ideal growing conditions for tree lilies.
Hi there Jane,
I am sorry about that, all orders should have planting instructions with them.
Tree lilies can be planted in pots or in flower beds. The good thing about tree lilies is that they are happy in any well-drained soil. They like full sun ideally as they will lean to find the light otherwise and some tree lilies can get very tall.
If planting in the garden, plant the bulbs about 8″ apart. Space the groupings at least 3 feet apart.
If planting in pots, plant 3 bulbs in a 10-14″ ‘patio type’ pot using good-quality, multi-purpose compost.
Plant the bulbs with 4-6″ of soil above them.
When the Lily has finished flowering, cut any seed heads back and allow the foliage to die back naturally. Do not be tempted to cut the stem back until stems becomes hollow and brown.
After a few years of flowering, you may find the Oriental Trumpets Lily produces less blooms, it may be time to lift your bulbs and divide them by breaking off the bulblets. All the bulbs will then need replanting.
To prevent Lily Beetles from damaging your lilies, we recommend using the Lily Beetle Prevention Spray. This Spray (Grazers G4) will also stimulate growth of your lilies.
I have just potted up the lilies I ordered with you, thank you, they look in good condition. I wondered if you are able to send lilies to France? My cousin who lives there has a birthday coming up soon and I thought they would be a rather nice present.
That’s a lovely idea. I’m sure they would love them. Many thanks for your custom.
My lily bulbs arrived today, just 4 days after ordering. They are in superb condition and ready to spurt into growth. Thank you so much for the prompt service. At this testing time it is wonderful to be able to have the garden to work in and the lilies will be a joy when they flower.Keep safe and well and onceagainthank you
Aww thank you so much for your lovely comments. Happy Gardening and stay safe.
After some years in pots, they are now producing lots of young shoots. At the end of flowering, should I lift the bulbs and take the smaller ones out?
Should I repot immediately or overwinter them, then repot in the spring?
Sorry for the delay in replying. When the lily has finished flowering, cut the flower heads off and leave the foliage and stem to die back naturally. Once it has all turned hollow and yellow, it can all be removed. It should be well into Autumn by this time, you can then lift your bulbs, divide them and replant them. Leave them outside for winter as your lilies like a cold dormant phase. Just ensure they don’t get too wet and there is adequate drainage.