I was pottering around the potatoes and to my surprise I found a pot of lilies!
I don’t know how this got put with all my spring bulb pots, which are ready to be stored away and refreshed in the autumn.
I salvaged it immediately but to my horror I also found the dreaded lily beetle.
I don’t like killing wildlife of any sort but these are an invasive species in the UK, which makes ‘disposing of them’ a little easier to cope with. The RHS have a good page all about the lily beetle if you want to know more about its origin and distribution in the UK.
We only started to find these in the allotment last year and for such a lovely looking little pest they do a lot of damage.
When Adam tore down our old shed he found a lot of them and gathered them into a little pot. He was very eager to make me listen to them. I wasn’t impressed by this but they did make a very loud squeak!
I have other lilies growing elsewhere in the garden. Lovely yellow day lilies in the front garden and a few dotted around the allotment.
How has your garden been for pests this year? What’s your worst pest? Have you seen any of the giant Spanish slugs yet?!