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Jul 11, 2010 11:49 PM CST
|What few lilies are left are badly infected, in spite of my wasting much time and energy spraying when ever it was dry enough to do so.|
Jul 11, 2010 11:52 PM CST
|Some of the taller stems are bent over, buds have been removed so it wont completely fall over and out of the ground.|
Jul 11, 2010 11:54 PM CST
|And we have had it worse than this, once, stems killed to the ground right after we got all the lilies moved here. This is what happens when you settle for the WRONG location.|
Jul 11, 2010 11:57 PM CST
|The latest dog damage, stems were very brittle from all the rain and cool temps, the trumpets escaped the worst of the botrytis being later to emerge and could have made cutflowers at least. This damage went up the middle of the wide row, wiping out the centers of several seeding beds.|
Jul 11, 2010 11:57 PM CST
|another view of the dog damage, the stems were broken at the base.|
Jul 11, 2010 11:58 PM CST
|and the ones that didn't get totally wiped out from botrytis have messed up and /or aborted buds|
Jul 12, 2010 12:05 AM CST
|if the buds didn't abort many of the blooms were just too ugly to sell, this is a photo of "Shimmer". The only lily that actually looks good is Champagne, and it is no good for cuts, big outfacing buds don't travel well. Some of the 4n asiatic seedlings did OK, they were at least sellable at the farmer's market. The orientals are mostly dead, the few left living are totally ruined as cutflowers. We put some of the leftovers in pots but plants do not sell here after June so I regret not dumping them with the rest of the leftovers. Sales are so bad we will NOT go to any more markets until there are bulbs to sell, the increase in fees along with other costs of going (NO local market sales here, long drive to sell) make it too much of a loss. Especially since there is no point in showing the lilies since there won't be any bulbs to sell.|
Jul 12, 2010 12:13 AM CST
|Since conditions were too horrible to do any work last summer and fall the slug bait was not put out in early fall as it is supposed to be, so it is hard to tell if the hundreds of dead orientals are from freezing or from voracious slugs, here is a sick lily, conditions like this usually mean something is wrong with the bulb, here that usually means slugs are devouring it. I don't bother to look anymore, in fact I find it far too much trouble to have to go through 2 gates to bother going to the lily field anymore, not like those gates and all that deer fencing do any good anyway when the county encourages unlicensed marauding dogs to destroy my property, myself, my pets and my crops.|
so is anyone wondering if I will have lilies this fall? There are currently deer in the field every night and even if they eat them all it won't damage them as bad as the dogs have already done. The deer have never killed anything they like to eat.
Jul 12, 2010 12:39 PM CST
|So sad, Lisa. This was a terrible year for botrytis for me too. I'll be disbudding many of them after tomorrow (visitors coming) to try to help the bulbs. We had a very nasty spring for rain.|
I remember Judith saying that the purplish leaves (your last photo) can be caused by too much water. In our case, that would be rain and more rain. Well, I guess that can affect the bulbs with rot.
Jul 12, 2010 12:41 PM CST
|I hope they recover. You have worked too hard for too long to have everything destroyed. |
Jul 12, 2010 12:58 PM CST
|This kind of damage can really set a bulb behind. It's like pollinating every bloom on the stalk; it saps the bulb for next year's growth. And bulb rot, I think that pretty much destroys the bulb. I had a few of those in my garden. And some just never came up. I'm not going to go looking until fall. Robert Swanson was one of them.|
Aborted buds...got lots of those too. And then there are buds that kind of grow in a C shape. Probably on their way to being aborted. Well come Wednesday I'll put them out of their misery.
Lisa, did you get that massive hail storm too? Sure didn't help things .
Jul 12, 2010 11:43 PM CST
|We got several massive hail storms, it happens every spring. If the valley gets 1 inch we get 3 inches-or more. Looks like I won't have to disbud, deer are getting in both fields and soon the lilies will be gone. Since my other half won't be bothered to fix the fence the deer can just move in. I no longer care.|
Jul 13, 2010 6:45 AM CST
|Lisa, I'm so sorry to hear of all your troubles. I truly wish there was a way we could all come and help you out. I'd be there in a heartbeat. |
Where are we going, and why am I in this hand-basket?
Jul 13, 2010 4:57 PM CST
|Lisa, I'm so sorry to hear what is going on. I don't know what else to say.....just sorry. |
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