Thursday, 27 July 2017

Take Three Thursday - Lilies

In an effort to notice more of the ordinary in my life, I have decided to share what I have noticed this week in Take Three Thursday.  The idea is to take 3 photos that are linked some how; by theme, by colour, by date, by moment,  by points of view. There is no formal link in but please feel free to join in.  What have you noticed this week?

Have a peek at what others have found this week:

Maggie at FarmersWifeDayByDay
Karen's Random Reflections

This week my garden has been bursting with three types of lilies; daylilies (which are not true lilies); Asiatic Lilies & Oriental Lilies.  The Oriental Lilies have the most wonderful strong scent & I grow them close to the patio so I can enjoy when having my morning or evening tea.  

All kinds of Lilium are attacked in this area by a red insect:  Japanese Lily Bug, which has killed several types of my lilies, it also attacks Crocosmia.  I spray with a garden soap, but I find the most effective method is to squish the little buggers between two stones.  I use two stones because these insects are tricky, if they sense danger, they fall off the plant on their backs which is then very hard to find in the dirt - smart. So I take one stone (flat) & place under the leaf as I'm about to strike from above.  It falls on to the flat rock & well that's the end of the insect!  This insect is also disgusting as it lays it's eggs in its own poop, which prevents other insects from eating them - yes smart but disgusting!  Thankfully insect garden soap works very effectively on this phase of their life.

Now to the beauty of the flowers ...
Daylily-Hemerocallis: Pandora's Box

Asiatic Lilies :Lilium asiatic: Eloise
Oriental Lilies - Lilium Oriental: Golden Showers
I believe heaven will be scented will Oriental Lilies, Hyacinths; Gardenias & Lily of The Valley.



  1. Beautiful lilies! Insects can be so destructive! I'm having problems with beetles on my cucumber plants. I should try your squishing method. -Jenn

  2. Beautiful lilies! We lost a lot of lilies one year to those pesky bugs. I don't know what my husband uses now, but they've not been a problem in the last couple of years.

  3. Your lilies are so beautiful.
    I have been fighting those red lily bugs for 2 years!!
    Even though they are pretty with such a lovely colour of red, I did as you did, I killed the bugs then when hunting for their poop covered larva and squished them as well....I think I have won the battle!!!!

  4. Beautiful lilies but the bugs do sound rather troublesome.

  5. There is no facility to comment on your new post for Monday. Is that intentional?