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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|