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Digindeep

While we were away



At the front door.



These beauties were but buds a few days ago, the scent from them is wonderful. They are at least 7-8 years old now, re-planted each year, now realy good size bulbs.

Mo

Beautiful!
sandrar

Beautiful ! I love the scent and have added more to my 'to buy' list as I only appear to have two flowering this year.

DD do you lift them at the end of each season? I tend to just leave mine in the ground...which is probably why I only have two left. That and I also dig up / spear the bulbs when planting other plants    and the chickens have free run of the garden from November to March.
Digindeep

As I tend to plant them in tubs, often they stay in situe for a couple of years.
Each season I scrape away the top soil/compost carefully, remove any bulblets I find and add fresh compost.
Once or twice I may have dried them off, stored and wrapped in newspaper to be re-planted the following season in different tubs.
Really don't bother with them too much.
The biggest problem I have with them is the dreaded Lily Bug, when I spot the poo balls on the leaves, I simply flick them, finger and thumb, they fly and splat everywhere  
Cheaper than bug sprays and a little more pleasing....  
sandrar

I tend to squish the little red devils. Do you plant up the bulblets seperately or just remove them to strenghten the main bulb?
Digindeep

I plant on the bulblets, otherwise the mother plant continues to feed them.
Some are successful others don't make it. Takes a few years to get them to flowering size...sometimes wonder if growing the little ones on is really worthwhile, but hey why not...
sandrar

Thanks DD nothing like a Sunday morning gardening lesson.
Digindeep

Rena

Just Beautiful


Digindeep wrote:
...The biggest problem I have with them is the dreaded Lily Bug, when I spot the poo balls on the leaves, I simply flick them, finger and thumb, they fly and splat everywhere  
Cheaper than bug sprays and a little more pleasing....  


a new (to me) form of stress relief...
12Bore

Very nice
darkbrowneggs

Well done you, beautiful, I can almost smell them from here  
brummie nick

Digindeep wrote:

The biggest problem I have with them is the dreaded Lily Bug,


What a girl!!!  
sandrar

DD - just one more question Once the petals have dropped do you dead head your lilies and if so how far down ( if that makes sense )

My 'white one' has gone over but this one is still giving a good show and scent



I took this photo for the bee...but it moved around the back of the flower as I pressed the button


Digindeep

To answer your question the simple answer is no.....Yes I do remove each bloom as and when it fades...but leave the stems and foliage alone until they are almost gone. Sagging, flopped, almost rotten, the stems just pull off quite easily. If they are a real eyesore and spoiling the growth of other plants I may cut them back to a degree.
Allowing OH  has not already pinched them for some vase display indoors  
The reason being they will still be taking in goodness through their leaves, which makes them stronger and bigger bulbs for the following season.
Others may do otherwise its all a matter of choice..
Rena

Digindeep wrote:
To answer your question the simple answer is no.....Yes I do remove each bloom as and when it fades...but leave the stems and foliage alone until they are almost gone. Sagging, flopped, almost rotten, the stems just pull off quite easily. If they are a real eyesore and spoiling the growth of other plants I may cut them back to a degree.
Allowing OH  has not already pinched them for some vase display indoors  
The reason being they will still be taking in goodness through their leaves, which makes them stronger and bigger bulbs for the following season.
Others may do otherwise its all a matter of choice..


This is what I do as well~*whew*! So glad to hear I'm not the only one.
Mari wen

When do you lift the bulbs to take off the little bulblets? After all the foliage had died down? Lily bugs have denuded some of mine of leaves, so shall I just rescue the bulbs now? (August?)
Digindeep

Hi! Mari Wen....love the name by the way...White Lady,,

As for the lilies, well I'm rather lazy, as said tend to let them die back naturally. They have been in situe for at least 4 years now..So the time has now come. Most are at least 8 years old now.
So once they have died back, I will lift them late next month.
Clean and dry them best possible and wrap them up in newspaper or even kitchen roll.
Pick out the strongest bulblets and store them in a dry/frost free place, ready for planting early next season.
Set them out in small pots, suitable for each bulb size..covered in a good compost.Maybe a bit of feed, growmore.
And carry on....you will be surprised how many bulblets ...if not flower will grow on..and become beautiful plants for the future.

When bought I could fit all the bulbs in the palm of my hand...every year people comment on the wonderful scent...
Now...one in each hand.....but they are some years old now
Mari wen

Thank you for the instructions - will do my best and report back!

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