I have a number of lilies bought from you which I grow in pots. I am moving house and the removers have restricted me to only three plants in pots. Some of the martagons are still flowering and the orientals still have foliage. Should I remove the bulbs from the pots and dry them off or would it be better to leave some compost around the roots and keep them damp in plastic bags?
Due to your restrictions, I would do the latter. Lift your lilies with the soil in bags. The lilies need the stem to die back to feed the bulb. Replant them as soon as you get to your new house.
Now’s the time to start checking your foliage on your lilies and fritillaria for the dreaded scarlett beetle. I’ve just been out in my garden and found 4!! Those little pests were soon removed to prevent them from ruining the leaves of my plants.
We have tips to prevent these beetles from ruining your plants and other care tips on our FAQ page.
Hopefully everyone has had beautiful lilies this year in their garden. The ‘Tree-like lilies‘ have been fantastic, there are so many new varieties. The perfume is wonderful. These extremely tall lilies tower above the shrubs in borders with sturdy stems and an abundance of blooms.
So, if your lilies have bloomed, now is the time to dead head them. Cut just below the last bloom leaving the stem to die back completely, this feeds the bulb for the following year making the bulb bigger, producing more blooms. Wait until the autumn to repot. Lilies should be re potted every three years. The little bulblets you find can also be potted to produce blooms in a few years time! Remember to keep your lilies well drained over winter. This is really important or they will rot. Tip pots on their side or place them on a couple of house bricks. We have more tips on planting and looking after your lilies here including how to keep those pesky Lily Beetles away!
We have some fabulous new varieties for next year, especially ‘Roselilies‘. These beautiful double varieties are highly scented and have no pollen. They will soon be added to our website, so please check back and order for February delivery.
Don’t forget it will soon be time to plant your spring flowering bulbs. These are also on our website. We have
some stunning varieties of Tulips but if you want height, Alliums are a must!
Lastly we are at the ‘Shrewsbury Flower Show‘ this weekend (Friday 12th to Saturday 13th August). So if you are coming, we will see you there!
That’s right, we are back travelling the UK for the show season. We have already been to Wisley and Suffolk this year and next week we are off to Cardiff for the RHS Flower Show Cardiff. The shows are a great day out with plenty of things to see, places to eat and of course, to purchase all your gardening needs. We will be exhibiting our display of Lilies at many of the shows and you can purchase our Lily bulbs from our ‘pick n mix’ style of shop. Look out for our show offers!! We will also have many other favourite Summer flowering and Spring flowering bulbs available including some unusual varieties. See you at the shows!!
Click here to see some of the shows will be exhibiting at this year.
Following the increase in popularity this year, we have a great new offer on Allium bulbs for you! If you love the tall, majestic appearance of the giant alliums, then this collection is for you… Alliums (also known as Ornamental Onions) are perennial flowers that stand very tall, towering over your other flowers. They are often described as lollipops or fireworks due to their spherical appearance. Alliums should be planted in the Autumn for later Spring flowering and are a real show stopper for your garden. They are ideal for full sun or partial shade and create a great feature whatever the location. Delivery will be in September 2015 ready for planting so why not order yours today to avoid disappointment?
SPECIAL OFFER – 12 x Allium Bulbs (3 x of each variety) PLUS 10 x FREE Purple Sensation Bulbs!!
We have a fantastic offer on Begonias at the moment. Begonias can be planted in containers, hanging baskets and your garden beds. Begonias provide continuous colour throughout the summer until the first frosts. They are easy to care for and all grow well in partial shade. We have a great selection in our offer of 15 corms for £12.50.