• Planting bulbs in the green

    Single snowdrop in the green with pricesBuy lily of the valley onlineMany experts believe that planting snowdrops, aconites and bluebells in-the-green (in their growth phase) provides for the fastest and most successful way of introducing these lovely spring flowers to your garden. We have chosen these commercially grown garden favourites to fill any gaps you might have in your planting scheme. Plant them on receipt to ensure their delicate roots stay moist. This will provide you with stronger bulbs for next year.

    Our lovely Lily of the Valley “pips” are not strictly “in the green” but also need to be planted on receipt. These pips produce fabulously scented flowers and will naturalise easily even in shady areas. To increase their success, plant in pots then plant them out when the leaves are well established. By doing this you will ensure good leaves this year and a host of flowers next spring.

  • Garlic spray for Lily Beetle and Slugs

    LILIUM_5Aren’t these little creatures lovely, the slugs and snails hold parties in my garden every night I’m tempted to put little signs up “no gate crashers allowed” they wreak havoc.

    How to stop them! I think this has been the conundrum of gardeners for many years, Provado is a good guard against Lily beetle but if you don’t like to use chemical sprays I have heard you can use a garlic spray and found the following recipe.

    Boil two pints of water, crush two large garlic bulbs "I would use cling film or a plastic bag to keep it all in place", crush using a rolling pin, add the contents to the boiling water to blanch for around 3 minutes, take off the heat and leave to cool, I would leave outside to cool garlic does have a strong odour. When cold strain the liquid into a jar to remove the debris through muslin or old tights, you could make more than you need and freeze some to prevent it going off.

    This is your concentrated spray add one tablespoon to around a gallon of water you could add a little washing up liquid to help it stick to the leaves, spray all over the leaves and stems not forgetting the underneath every couple of weeks, you may find it better to spry late afternoon or evening after the sun has gone. The slugs will not like the taste and should leave your plants alone, especially Hostas with there big juicy leaves.

    It's also a good guard against aphids I think it may be a good idea to test it on your plants first; if there is no sign of harm then continue to use, otherwise dilute a little more and try again. I think a little care should be taken as it could deter the predators of the pests you are trying to eradicate. Still kill any lily beetle you find and continue to remove the grubs until you can see the signs that the spray is working. You can buy a commercial garlic spray at garden centres, homemade is much cheaper.

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