Saturday, 4 August 2012

I Can't Get No

Satisfaction.
At least, not in its first year.


This is Lily Satisfaction, one of the first tree lilies that I grew. I purchased several bulbs from Thompson & Morgan in 2009. I planted most of them in the ground, but kept one to grow in a pot. The ones in the ground were very disappointing, but the one in the pot didn't even grow at all. At the end of the season, I knocked it out of its pot, and much to my surprise, the pot contained a very plump, healthy bulb. So I repotted it, and it has flowered every year since. Oh, and the ones in the ground ?  Long since disappeared.


This little chap has been living in my water feature all summer. Normally, the frogs don't go in there much in summertime, because it is situated in full sun. But this year, no such thing as full sun.

And finally, a few words about illegal immigrants. You know the ones. They come over here, and just take over from the local population. We all know about the grey squirrels, and more recently, the harlequin ladybirds. But have you heard about the Spanish slug ?  I kid you not.

Apparently, it has arrived here, producing hundreds more eggs than our native species. It could even pose a threat to our good old British slug. Speaking of which, have you seen the size of them lately ?  Team GB is really producing some winners this year. They'll certainly give the Spanish ones a run for their money. Well they would, if they could run.

21 comments:

  1. Hi Crystal,

    Lovely Lily - Don't have any left here now, all have gone - killed off no doubt by harsh winters and lily beetles!

    I've given up buying stuff from Thompson and Morgan. Almost everything I've ever bought has been duff and many duff packets of seeds too.

    Oh great; even more slugs. Bad enough as it is!

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    1. And if the Spanish slugs like it here, they'll be bringing their families over too.

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  2. The lily is lovely, a very rich colour. Have you given that frog a talking to about getting rid of all those slugs? :-) I don't like the sound of that invading army at all!

    I was sure I'd commented on your last post but apparently not :-( I had to laugh at the squirrel on the feeder :-)

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    1. Actually, the frog seems a bit overweight. Wonder what it's been eating.

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  3. Never thought I'd feel sorry for the poor British slug. Our gardens might be ideal habitats to breed them in captivity to stop them going extinct.

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    1. I hope you don't try that as one of your experiments.

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  4. Love the colour of your lily - I used to have one that colour - heaven knows what happened to it. As for Spanish slugs - how on earth did they get here perhaps they heard of our wet summer and decided to emigrate.

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    1. I was wondering how they got here too.
      Can't imagine them marching off the ferry, wearing their little sombreros.

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  5. What a beautiful lily! I'm adding more lilies to my garden this fall. We've been invaded by stink bugs. Uck!

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    1. Stink bugs ?
      Ooh, they sound awful.

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  6. Piękną lilie wyhodowałaś, ma śliczny kolor. Ślimaki w ogrodach żadne nie są potrzebne. Pozdrawiam.
    Beautiful lilies you have is pretty color. No snails in the garden are not required. Yours.

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    1. At least the snails leave the lilies alone.

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  7. Crystal, I planted a number of these Tree Lilies in the Spring of 2011, they did flower that year but not as tall as expected, although they did say they could take a couple of years to settle down. This year most of then are looking stronger and a good few are 7ft tall. Plenty large buds ready to open, rather late due to the poor Summer. Oh bugger, I am sounding like a smart ass, but previously I had no success with Lilies until I planted the bulbs deep (8") on a little bed of sand and also added sand to the top of the bulb. Even more reliable and absolutely stunning is the Asiatic Pearl Jennifer and Pearl Stacy. Good to see frog looking happy.

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    1. Thanks for the advice on deep planting. I think my ones in the borders may have been planted a little too shallow. I planted them on a bed of grit, but I don't remember protecting the top of the bulbs. No wonder mine aren't growing as tall as they should.

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  8. Thanks for knowledge share, I will be waiting for future posts

    Regards
    Marcus White Lisdoonvarna

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  9. I love the frog photo. I've seen a few frogs in my garden, and last week I spotted my first grasshopper. As for slugs, I could supply all of GB!

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    1. No, no, we've got enough. You could always supply Spain though. They must have a shortage if their slugs are over here.

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  10. I read the article on the BBC website about the Spanish slugs. I have hardly slept since.

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    1. I don't think you need to worry about them until you hear the sound of castanets in the distance.

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