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Jasmine J


Hope this email finds you well.
I bought a pack of 15 begonias from you that I planted immediately on receipt in May.
They now have wonderful large foliage but only 1 blossom in the whole lot.
Can you please let me know how to encourage more blooms?

Many thanks,

Hi Jasmine

You could try to give them a diluted tomato feed to help. They will keep producing flower heads, deadhead faded flower heads regularly, this will encourage new growth for longer.


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Spectacular Lilies

This question was asked by
Monique M

I bought some bulbs from you ‘Lilies’ and they are spectacular
I absolutely love them
I want to buy some more but you seem to be out of stock on all of them
When are you likely to have them in stock again??
Thank you

Hi Monique

That is so lovely to hear – thank you for emailing us.

Our lilies will be available again to pre-order soon for delivery in February. If you click on one of the purple boxes that says ‘tell me when this is back in stock’ then you will receive an email from us when they have been put back online.


Empress Lily

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Lily bulb purchase question

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I would like to purchase some wedding lily bulbs as a wedding present. Is there a time limit as to how long you can buy the bulbs and them not being planted?

Hi there,

We are not sending any more lilies out this year. They will be available to pre-order soon for delivery in February next year. If it is for a wedding gift, you could purchase a gift voucher.


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Madonna lilies

This question was asked by
Maria T –

We would like to know what kind of soil Madonna lilies require. We live in the north of England and are having trouble making them flower. Thank you

Hi Maria

Madonna Lilies prefer an alkaline soil if they are planted in the garden but you can use a good-quality multipurpose compost with added horticultural grit if you are planting them in the pots.

Lilium Candidum (Madonna Lily)

Madonna Lily

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FAQ on growing lilies


How do I plant my lily bulbs?

Lilies are very hardy bulbs. They can tolerate very cold conditions but do not like to get wet. If planting in borders the soil must be free draining and preferably humus rich. Some lilies prefer acid soil, mainly Oriental lilies, and some prefer alkaline mainly Asiatic lilies. It is best to check which soil you have. When planting in pots or tubs you must make sure that they are kept moist but do not get waterlogged. Plant bulbs with 4-6″ (10-15cm) of soil above them. If planting in pots, plant 3 in a 10-14″ (25-35cm) pot, in a good-quality, peat-free, multi-purpose compost. John Innes No.3 is ideal for Lilies also. If it appears too dense, add some horticultural grit to improve drainage.

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Helpful tips on growing lilies

Planting your lilies couldn’t be easier once you have chosen the right soil for the variety.

Simply plant with the growing tip pointing upwards and the roots below and cover the top of the bulb with 4-6” (10-15cm) of soil. 

If planting in pots, plant 3 bulbs in a 10-14” (25-35cm) ‘patio type’ pot. You can plant more in a larger pot or less in a smaller pot. It really depends on the display you would like to achieve. You can also stagger the planting, using different lilies to achieve different heights.

Which lilies are best for your garden

Luscious Lilies for your garden pots or borders

Whether you’re a fan of scented or unscented; tall or short; subtle or bold colours, there’s a  lily for everyone. I often get asked how to choose a lily and I guess this is where I start…

Where are you thinking of planting your lilies?

Asiatic Lilies

Firstly, where would you like to grow your lilies? Pots or garden borders? If you’re planning on planting up your lily bulbs in pots for your patio (or making a pot feature around your garden), then the world is your oyster when it comes to lily choice. This is because different lilies like different soil types. Therefore, you can choose any lily and just mix up the right soil/compost for it. Lilies are generally happy in a good-quality, peat-free, multi-purpose compost. This leads me to the next question…

Lilium Majestic Joy

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Fritillaria Imperialis

This question was asked by
Marius S – 

Hi – Do you have ‘Fritillaria Imperialis’ in other colours than Red?

Yellow or Orange?
Thank You

Hi Marius

Yes we have all 3 colours of crown imperials, red, yellow and orange Fritillaria.These all need planting up in the Autumn for a superb display in the spring.

Please click on the link below to shop our crown imperials.


Fritillaria Aurora

Fritillaria Aurora

Fritillaria Lutea

Fritillaria Lutea

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