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  1. lolimac

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    Now I know we are all enthusiastic gardeners and do our damnedest to get things right but I'm telling you now...I shall NEVER grow lillies again..If I aint fed up of those bladdy Lily Beetles..:gaah:..The last couple or so years I've spent a few bob on bulbs and been attacked by the little critters...well I've had enough...how can you cut these to put in a piggin vase:gaah:

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      Sorry @lolimac I'm so ashamed of my many failures I don't keep any photos... You just have to see the pile of labels that I rub the names off for reuse to know how many I 'lose'...:sad:

      My sympathies with the disgusting lily beetle grubs. I found previously that they were quite selective in what they went for. Standard asiatic and martagon ones were the food of preference (with a side order of cardiocrinum), but they didn't go for the robust old lilium tigrinum, and I also think pumilum was ok. It may be old age or selective memory, but I'm sure they weren't around 30 years ago.
       
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        I grow them pretty well. However, I did use a systemic insecticide in early spring. Watch out for the grubs hidden in their excrement. Squash this or spray.
        Organically, squash the red blighters when you see them but speed of hand and sight is essential :noidea:
        I sprayed just the once and it was enough....as it has been in recent years :)
         
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          pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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          What is a piggin vase?:scratch::biggrin:
           
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            Just a Northern politish swear word. :biggrin:
             
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              I did reasonably well with them until last year - when I wasn't around to squish the little blighters, they must have had a field day - I am down from 8 to 2, and even they are looking a bit sorry for themselves.
               
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                pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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                And there was me thinking it was some kind of special device reserved for lillies.
                 
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                  @Fat Controller up until a couple of years ago I didn't have any bother with them but they've gone mad since...I've given up on trying to kill them and it shows you how horrible they are...even the staff aka chooks which I normally leave 'pest control ' to won't touch them:chicken:...
                   
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                    7349606B-EF2F-4905-ACDF-78EADCE4229B.jpeg My Lillies have been magnificent this year. I did however see a sole red lily beetle in May but it seemed to just disappear a few weeks later. I had no desire to squish it .... not into squishing .... ugh!

                    No idea what type they are, they were from £land.
                     
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                        They look wonderful @BellaBlue :wub2:..Rub it in why don't you...:heehee:
                         
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                          A2962E67-261C-4F80-B909-EFDB0381949E.jpeg Beginners luck perhaps. I thought they were doomed when I saw the lily beetle.

                          Mind you, can’t say the same for my hosta as shown above. Slug breakfast, dinner and tea!
                           
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