Is there a shortage of tulip bulbs this year? Everywhere I have tried to buy any says they are out of stock, literally every garden centre & nursery! Also online sites too. What has happened?
Hi there Linda
As you’ve experienced, you can’t really purchase tulip bulbs this time of year as they require planting in the Autumn (ideally after the first frost to kill off any virus that may be found in the ground). They will then flower in the Spring. Our tulips will be available to order in the Summer and we will start to dispatch them at the end of September. Hope this helps.
Check out our Fruit Salad Tulip Collection – a great pop of colour for your Spring Garden!
I bought a couple of lily collections from you last year at the Wisley flower show – they’ve made a fantastic display in the garden this year. Thank you.
This has been my first experience with growing lilies and I am a little confused now with how far to cut them back in preparation for winter.
I have read lots of advice about pruning the seed heads and “allowing the foliage to die back naturally” but once the foliage has begun to turn brown, how much of the main stem or stalk should be cut back?
Hope you can help.
When the Lily has finished flowering, cut any seed heads back and allow the foliage to die back naturally as you say. Do not be tempted to cut the stem back until stems become hollow and brown. Once this has happened, you can cut the stem back to the service or leave about an inch of stem.
Could you please advise on when they will be in stock. I have some lily bulbs in my basket but would like to add the begonias before I pay for them.
These are now back in stock for you. If you wish for them to be delivered together with your lilies, ensure to put the delivery month as March for your lilies. Otherwise you may be charged twice for P&P.
Good evening, I have recived my Lutea & Persica bulbs today. I must say I was completely flabergasted by the size of your bulbs, I honestly was. They are humongous. They are easy triple the size of bulbs I have bought elsewhere which cost more. I will certainly only be buyomgall my future bulbs from you. A great big thank you for superb bulbs at a fantastic price.
You’re very welcome. Thank you for your feedback, it’s always good to hear from a happy customer!
Well we had a blast at the Harrogate Flower Show, even with the rain! It’s all over now until the Spring show 2018!
We’re now over in Ireland at the National Ploughing Championships with a our faithful Mascot ‘Daisy the Cow’. Daisy travels everywhere with us. If you spot her on your travels when visiting our stands, do take a photo and send it over to us on Facebook #SpotDaisy
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Next we are exhibiting at the RHS Malvern Flower Show for all your spring flowering bulb needs. We have some great Hyacinth bulbs that have been prepared to have indoors for Christmas or just plant them in your garden (or pots on your patio) for a lovely burst of colour in the spring.
Don’t forget we have all our Spring bulbs available online to order now and we will be starting to dispatch at the end September!
Each year I have spent a large amount on buying allium bulbs – they are planted in late autumn and bloom beautifully in the spring/summer but if I leave them in the ground they never return the following year, so I always have to buy and plant more each year. I feel that I need to dig them up at the end of the season and maybe store them over winter rather like a tulip bulb that you wish to relocate the following year – any idea on how to do this if it is possible, or where do you think things are going wrong. I live in a very exposed site in the Cotswolds and our winters are quite wet and temperatures can go as low as -12 degrees on a regular basis. Thank you for your help.
No I would leave your alliums where they are, cut the seed head off and allow the foliage and stem to die back by themselves to feed the bulb. Alliums like a cold dormant phase so its best to leave them in. We do advise lifting them after the 3rd year and splitting them.
The dreaded lily beetle has has put me off growing lilies, but I want to grow martagon lilies next year. How can I prevent these pests from ruining my lilies?
Yes the dreaded lily beetle is a nuisance for us Lily lovers but we have a few suggestions for you to try to keep them away:
1) Spray with Imidcloprid and sunflower oil (or Bayer Provado Ultimate Bug Killer).
2) If you do not like using insecticides then spraying with diluted fairy liquid or crushed garlic in water have been suggested. Crush a whole corm of garlic in a small pan of boiling water. Allow to cool, strain and put in a small container in the fridge. When using, dilute three parts water to one part garlic solution. Spray often, every few days, especially when it has rained. There is a garlic product available in garden centres and stores, but this is a much cheaper alternative.
3) More recently, a customer has tried planting their lily bulbs alongside a garlic and this has been quite successful in keeping these creatures away.
4) Alternatively, we have been advising our customers to spray their lilies with NEEM oil to eradicate the lily beetle!
Hope one of these suggestions will help you to keep your lilies looking as lovely as they should.
Growing lilies in pots is a great way to add a pop of colour to your gardens. You can then choose to keep them in their pots or replant them into your flower beds throughout the growing season.
For best results put your pots in a spot that gets a lot of sunlight throughout the day and ensure the soil is well drained. Lilies don’t like standing in water! In fact, you only need to keep them moist, sometimes water every few days, meaning in rainy periods you may not have to water them much at all.
Dwarf lilies/Pot Lilies and other short stemmed lilies tend to be popular as pot choices as they fill out with flowers. If you want taller plants, Asiatics, Orientals and Trumpet lilies can grow nice and tall with an abundance of flowers on the top. Just check the height of each variety as they can vary. Our website gives you the average height for each lily.
Ensure your pot is big and heavy enough as some varieties can become tall with lots of flower heads, this will prevent them from falling over from strong winds. You can add rocks or pieces of broken pots to the bottom to help with your drainage . If you don’t have sufficient drainage in your pots your plants could rot. Once your lilies have flowered and died back ready for their cold-dormant stage through-out the winter months, it’s a good idea to tilt your pots on their side to prevent waterlog. More advice can be found on our website.
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!