The garden is coming into full spring glory at the moment.
I pore over the progress of the foxgloves, roses,bulbs and so on.
There are also plants I take for granted which are really the toughest things in the whole garden apart from the agapanthus: CLIVIAS and if you are scared of gardening and never planted anything else in your life you could plant a clivia ( in the right position) pretty much ignore it and you would have really nice strappy dark green leaves all year round and beautiful flowers ( I have orange and pale creamy yellow) this time of year.
All clivias need is soil ( in a pot is also fine) and to be planted in the shade. They hate full sun which burns their leaves. They also hate frost and snow. I never water them. Snails love them so before they flower I do throw down some snail bait. They look best planted en masse under trees. The best ones I ever saw were in a open garden in Brighton: huge shady garden room of deciduous 50 year old trees under planted with clivias, hellebore and purple ajuga.
I love them as cut flowers in the house and they last for ages. The yellows are very rare and I think were expensive ( were a gift one year); the oranges only eight dollars or so you can divide them after a few years and make more and more by just slicing them up. Otherwise they can just be ignored and they're still gorgeous. Everyone should plant one and no, no-one is giving me money or a free clivia to write this.
|days old and still going|
|under the maples, with mini agapanthus|
|planted with violets here|
|in a pot, covered in cockatoo poo|
|artistically clipped leaves, burned last summer, also snails nibbled....|