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Delving into the world of lilies

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Last week I wrote about calla lilies and zantedeschias, this week I will tackle ‘real’ lilies, such as stargazers and oriental lilies.

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There are nine divisions within the group, the most popular being Asiatic, Oriental, Martagon, Longiflorum and Trumpet lilies.

Asiatic lilies grow to about one metre and have a broad range of colours from deep pink, orange, russet to yellow and white.

They are not generally that fragrant, but they are reliable growers and produce masses of flowers, which are upward or outward facing.

Oriental lilies are often referred to as stargazers, even though that is just one variety.

They have large outward facing flowers, usually heavily scented. Generally they are white with splashes, shading or brush strokes of yellow, pink or maroon, though they are available in solid pink too.

Orientals are a bit taller than Asiatics, usually growing to about 1.2 to 1.5m.

Martagon lilies are my own favourite. They come in a wide range of colours, with ‘turks cap’ shaped flowers.

The petals curl back from the flower giving them the appearance of a Turkish hat. They are not usually scented but are prolific!

The Martagon lily can grow to 1.5m and its flower spikes can be 80cm long, an absolutely great addition to the back of the border.

Longiflorum lilies are the white lilies often found in the florist shop – their main use in cultivation being for the cut-flower industry.

Trumpet lilies have a similar shaped flower to the Longiflorums, but are grown more in gardens as the flowers are a bit more interesting in colour and size. These are a tall lily at up to 1.5m with highly scented flowers, especially in the evening. I have a beautiful one called ‘Honeymoon’ (white trumpet, yellow inside, purple on the outer part of the petal) which has spread to a diameter of about 1m, and had eight flower spikes this year. The scent was amazing.

Lilies should be planted anywhere between September and March, but are usually only available as a spring bulb. They can be divided from September onwards.
 

The Lily Beetle

Lilies will grow in any soil, though if it is too dry the growth can be stunted, especially of the flower buds.
They like to have their feet in the shade and their head in the sun! If the soil is a heavy clay, mixing alpine grit can be beneficial, as waterlogging is a definite killer.

The main pest to look out for is the lily beetle, which is unfortunately becoming a real problem even here in Kerry.

They are a bright red beetle about 1.5cm long which feed on the leaves and stems of the plant. The female lays orange eggs in batches on the underside of the leaf, which hatch into yellow/brown larvae. The larvae feed on the leaves hiding in their own ‘frass’, which protects them from the sun and predators.

They can decimate plants, and the beetles should be destroyed as soon as you see them. If they see a shadow they will drop off the plant and lie on their back on the ground, making them impossible to spot. If they are on the plant just hold your hand under the leaf to catch them.

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Vaccination centre leaves basketball club homeless

By Sean Moriarty With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre. The local side play Limerick Celtic away on […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre.

The local side play Limerick Celtic away on the weekend of October 8 and 9 and their first home game is set for October 16.

Currently their home venue at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre is unavailable as it is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre and according to the Health Service Executive (HSE) this week, there are no plans in place, as of yet, to move out.

Killarney Cougars, the town’s newest addition to the National League, has secured the use of the gym at St Brigid’s Secondary School in the town centre but, as it stands, St Paul’s remain homeless as the season opener looms.

“It is ridiculous at this stage,” said head coach Jarlath Lee. “If you look at what is happening at the Sports Centre, there are very few people in and out of there now compared to the start [of the vaccination roll-out].”

The HSE when contacted by the Killarney Advertiser this week said that they would not be adding to a previous statement issued earlier this month, which said: “In relation to Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre, we are very grateful to staff and management for the use of their facility as a vaccination centre.

“Planning work is well underway for the next phase of the vaccination programme, locally and nationally. This includes a review of where vaccinations are administered in future, but we cannot confirm any decisions in relation to any particular location at this point in time.”

However, the HSE did confirm this week, that the Tralee Vaccination Centre, located at the Munster Technology University, will re-locate to the recently vacated Borg Warner factory in the town. The move is expected to be completed within the next week to 10 days.

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Triple treat for car lovers this weekend

Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days. Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town. Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part […]

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Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town.

Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part while raising funds for the HOPE Foundation.

The cars will leave Kenmare at around 11.30am and will travel via Moll’s Gap to Killarney and onwards to Farranfore and Tralee.

“The cars will not be stopping in towns this year to avoid gatherings,” said an event spokesperson, but the Killarney Advertiser understands that the high-powered convoy will be stopping in Tralee for a lunch halt before making their way to Tarbert and the Shannon Ferry.

On Sunday, and as revealed by the Killarney Advertiser last week, the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will host its annual classic motorshow at the racecourse from 11am. This event will raise funds for St Francis’s Special School in Beaufort.

Cars n’Coffee Killarney will join the vintage club on Sunday. After a successful 2019 season at KC Print, Cars n’Coffee is looking for a new home in Killarney, and Sunday’s collaboration with the vintage club could pave the way for further events at the racecourse.

“Having events of this quality in Killarney shows that the town could soon become the car culture capital of Ireland,” said Cars n’Coffee organiser Ger Neeson.

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