While weeding this morning, for the very first time I spied the DREADED red lily beetle which arrived seemingly overnight at our farm. I learned so much so quickly: that vibrant shade of red, the color of their eggs, their expert ability to jump when they see you….
And I made the quick decision. Out went the Asiatics…not that many actually. Friends said they wanted them and were fine with picking off the beetles next year at their place. With 10 acres, I simply don’t have the time to spend on hand picking the bugs. Perhaps the new concoction from my previous post would work, but I didn’t have any made up to try because I didn’t have the bugs then!
I am left with 3-4 Orienpet lilies. I guess I’ll keep those until next year and see how they do…and how I do with them! In the meantime, deadheading day lilies doesn’t seem like such a bad task by comparison!