Last Summer we asked you to vote on Facebook for your favourite lily from some potential new varieties for 2019! Well, here they are in order of popularity. All these new lilies are available on our website to order for delivery in February 2019.
I’ve been trying to find Miss Lucy bulbs off and on for a while now but am struggling to find any. You are out of stock…do you know when you will have more to sell??
Look forward to hearing from you.
Unfortunately, Miss Lucy has been discontinued as the crop kept failing. It was a shame as it’s such a lovely looking lily. Have you looked at Roselily Kendra. That is a similar looking lily with the soft pink edges like Miss Lucy. Kendra Lily has a glorious scent without the pollen too!
After these lillies have flowered should the seed heads be left on or should they be removed?
Yes, you can cut the lily seed head off but allow the stem and foliage to die back naturally. Once it has all turned brown, you can remove the stem and discard it. This puts the energy back in the bulb to allow it to flourish the following year.
Hello – We have a large, mountainous and damp Lake District garden which lilies love eventually (!) but if we plant in the conventional spring season slugs tend to annihilate the new shoots. I have found that if I can plant in late summer / early autumn the plants make a much better start but I struggle to find any supplier who will dispatch the plant at this time of year. Can you help?
Unfortunately, it’s too late for our Lilies to be planted this time of year. However, we will be sending Martagon Lilies out next month. Is this something you may be interested in? Alternatively, you could try ordering lilies from us in May and keep them in cold storage for a short while before planting.
Earlier in the year i purchased your candy cane collection and could not be more pleased so have just ordered another 18 lily bulbs and wondered if there is any insecticide to deter and kill lily beetle and where to buy it from. would greatly appreciate your help with thanks Mick
Ah that’s lovely to hear. Thank you for your continued custom.
Yes we have had some good results from diluted Neem Oil to keep the pesky Lily Beetle at bay! We recommend using a hand sprayer with 1 teaspoon of Neem Oil (5ml) plus a small amount of washing up liquid (as a surfactant) with approx. 500ml water. So 1 part Neem Oil to 100 parts water (1:100).
You can purchase Neem Oil online from Amazon I believe.
I have many Lilies . Some years ago I discovered botrytis on some of the Lilies, and No one can give me any good advice for what to do. Must I stop growing Lilies (they don`t look nice when attacked by this (fungus?). Hope you have a good advice for me .
Thank you for your email. If you’re certain it is botrytis (a fungus that spots the leaves) then it’s caused by damp. Are your lilies in the shade? If so, you should lift your lily bulbs and replant them in a sunny position and/or in pots. Try to plant your lilies where they will dry out after rain to prevent Botrytis. If you do see brown spots on your leaves, spray with a fungicide recommended for roses. If you have noticed any yellow circles and gnarled leaves, then this could be a virus and the lily bulbs will need destroying unfortunately.
Can I grow lilies in a large, airy greenhouse. I have a soil bed and large tubs.
Yes growing your lily bulbs in your greenhouse will be absolutely fine. We get great results from growing our lilies under glass. We use all our lilies to exhibit at the RHS Flower shows including the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show. We just advise on checking which soil you will need for the lily bulb varieties you have. The tree-like lilies (oriental trumpets) are happy in any soil.