My first post – Lillies (I know what they are)

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Posted by jasdfgh | Posted in Plants / Flowers | Posted on 17-08-2013

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If you haven’t read my about page then I’d like to welcome you to my blog. Basically I set this blog up as I had a brain wave and decided I wanted to start gardening! I don’t know what inspired me to do so but we have a pretty big garden and combine this with a bit of sunshine I decided that gardening was the way forward. Having sat down and thought about it there are quite a lot of angles to approach when it comes to gardening. Hopefully I will work my way through all of them in time but as things stand at this moment in time I don’t really know anything about gardening, so hopefully we can both learn together and enjoy the journey.

 

My first topic of conversation is going to be Lilies, (Lily)

 

Why?

Because this is about the only flower I know a little something about, and the reason that is because my 7 year old daughter planted some Lily seeds a few months ago. They eventually grew and showed their pretty little faces and then a couple of weeks later vanished off the face of the earth again!

 

Why did this happen to my beautiful Lily’s?

Well I soon found out that Lily’s offer an exotic touch to your garden which gorgeous vibrant colours. They need lots of sunlight to grow and rich fertile soil that is also well drained. I actually put a layer of broke tiles at the bottom of my flower box and then added compost. It is important that you plant the bulbs deep enough to protect them from the weather. They will also grow back every year if they are planted well and also spaced out. Lilies also multiply, so next year you will find you will have a lot more that you did originally. We don’t get to much sun where i live so this is why they don’t last long.

Types of lilies

There are actually a few different types of Lily which are segmented into groups. the most popular are Oriental hybrids and Atlantic. The latter usually flower earlier and have no scent where as Oriental have a very strong scent. Quite sweet actually. There are many varieties that range from very short, ground lilies to huge 6ft long lilies. (Lilly Muscadet) I know! Im beginning to sound like a Lily buff already!

 

How To plant Lillie’s

Its pretty easy to plant Lilies, Just dig a hole and place the bulbs about 6 inches apart at a depth at least 3 times the size of the bulb. Use some decent  compost and away you go. If planting in pots or containers then make sure it drains well.

 

Make them last – Feed

Taking care of your beautiful new Lilies does take a little care. They will need lots of sunlight and water. You can also feed them. They are heavy feeders so I recommend using a high potassium liquid fertiliser.Its always a good idea to carry on feeding after they have flowered as it allows them to grow back well the following year.

 

So there you have it. My run down on Lilies and my very first post on this blog. I hope this has been useful for you and please feel free to comment below. Here are a few images of my Lilies. I though I had best take some pictures as they may not last for much longer now. They are a gorgeous flower and as they dont last long, we have to enjoy and appreciate them well we can!

Orange_Lilies pink-lily

 

Oooops…. I forgot to mention about them little pests. The Lily beetle. They will eat away at the leaves and flowers. It is best to check regularly and remove any you see. They are red and about 1cm long. Find them, crush them! Over and out….. I promise this time!!

 

 

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