Sunday, 29 July 2012

The Trial 4 - Lily Lankon

As part of the trial I am doing for Thompson and Morgan I was sent nine Lily Lankon bulbs.  I have actually given up growing lilies because I am fed up with Lily beetles ruining them.  I squish the little red g*ts whenever I see them, but they rampage all over the garden.  I do worry a little about lily pollen and my cats too, but in honesty it has never actually caused me (or them) a problem.  Anyway, I do like lilies a lot so receiving some was not an unwelcome part of the trial.
As you can see from this photograph the lilies have been attached by lily beetle, the foliage has suddenly got a lot of holes in it.
Some of the buds have got damaged too.
The flowers though are beautiful, really so.  If you had asked me would I like freckly/speckly lily flowers I think I would have said no, I think I would have said I prefer clear, simple, plain Lilies.  This flower won me over though, it is quite stunning.
It is worthy of a closer look.

I am using the lilies to hide my oil tank
I can hardly see it.

2 comments :

  1. I am also not a big lilly fan, They put them into bouquets a lot in Holland and the overpowering scent and annoying pollen are a nuisance. This year however I am growing them in the garden for the first time. Whole different deal. Conclusion; they belong in the garden and not in the house. Luckily my lilies are clear of beetles, but the colour is a lot more boring then your freckled ones.

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  2. I agree about them in the house, I find the scent gets quite sickly. I am a fan of the plain coloured ones too, generally I've grown plain white ones before.

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