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Delving into the world of lilies




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


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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Detox Wrap will leave you feeling energised

It may be the last few weeks of the holidays but, it is no better time treat yourself to a body detox wrap. This wrap is suitable for males and […]




It may be the last few weeks of the holidays but, it is no better time treat yourself to a body detox wrap.

This wrap is suitable for males and females.
This wrap will boost your energy levels and make you feel like yourself again. Having loads of BBQs and nights out or feeling bloated and sluggish, unmotivated.
This wrap is a great way to boost energy by increasing lymphatic drainage, which helps the body’s natural detox system to release bad toxins. By aiding the lymphatic system and increasing the negative, harmful toxins. Your body will immediately start to feel better, more motivated, and increased energy. Your skin will feel better and bring your glow back.

The process is having sea clay applied all over the body, followed by bandages wrapped in a specific way to lift and firm the skin and finally you are tucked up in a heated blanket….. to sweat out the negative toxins. following the treatment, you have a three-day detox, no tea, coffee, fried fatty foods, fizzy drinks, processed foods or even a shower to leave the active clay and get to work on the lymphatic system.

This is a seriously great treatment, that really works if you follow the process. As the heat from the blanket helps to open your pores on the body the sea clay can go into the deep layers of the skin, when you unwrap the clay is trapped in the skin and its ingredients get to work.

Bentonite has excellent drainage properties for full detox and skin clarification.

Magnesium sulphate stimulates peripheral skin circulation, exfoliating and anti-inflammatory.
Magnesium Chloride has valuable mineral salt and permits cellular balance, combats stress and fluid retention, and has anti-bacterial properties.

Zinc oxide, bacterium properties and anti-inflammatory.

Sodium Chloride detoxifies tissues and tightens the skin.

They work best the longer they are left on the skin and the longer you detox. I wouldn’t claim a 2-hour treatment can do amazing results without the homework. The clay isn’t dirty looking on the skin, it looks more like a cloud of chalky dust on the outer skin, the active properties have been absorbed into the skin.
The skin may feel a little different while the clay is working, but the results are worth it. It’s a great treatment after weight loss, pregnancy, liposuction or just re-energises you as a whole.
for more information or to make an appointment call Jill at 064-6632966


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Puck Goat removed from platform in searing heat

Organisers of Puck Fair have taken King Puck down from his platform to protect the wild mountain goat from the heat. Today mark’s day two of the three-day fair in […]




Organisers of Puck Fair have taken King Puck down from his platform to protect the wild mountain goat from the heat.

Today mark’s day two of the three-day fair in Killorglin town. As part of the fair’s tradition a wild mountain goat presides over the town from his tall platform over the course of the three days.

Organisers employ a dedicated vet to look after the goat and a team of experienced goat handlers are also on duty for the duration of the festival.

There is also a temperature monitoring device on the platform.

As temperatures hit 29 degrees today (Thursday), the vet and handlers decided it was safer for the goat to be removed from the platform for the rest of the day.

“He is currently resting in the shade,” spokesperson Marcella O’Connor told the Killarney Advertiser. “The handlers were monitoring him in case it got too hot, the decision was made to take him down, and the vet says he is happy.”

A decision will be made tomorrow (Friday) on the goat’s return to the platform for the final day of the fair.


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