I have three favourite flowers - daffodils - my all time best, sweet peas (in Spring) and clivia's.
|Sweet peas - freshly harvested from the garden|
especially for this pic :)
We have never had the climate to grow daffs, but sweet peas - I just chuck 'em in some soil, and if they produce, I score. As for clivia's - they are such easy plants to grow, and so rewarding - year after year.
Back in mid-2012 before we left our town house I ensured that I had some of the seeds from my favourite flowering garden plant - clivia's.
Their only requirement is dappled shade and some water, and, although I wasn't sure where I was going to plant them on the smallholding, I wasn't leaving without some :)
As I hadn't dug up any of the existing plants I didn't think the new owner would object LOL
I took some of the seed heads, peeled off the outer sheath - a bit of a messy job - and shoved them in some sand in seedling trays.
|Harvesting clivia seeds whilst we were still in our|
|Clivia's a really easy to propagate from seed|
- the details can be here
By the time the plants were ready to go in the ground, I had found the perfect spot for them - outside the kitchen door.
|Ugly - I definitely had a plan for this area - even|
back in 2010 when this pic was taken
It was a spot crying out for a bit of colour. Kitchen doors can be such "messy" places, can't they - and which accumulate anything and everything.
|Neat and orderly - just like I like it :)|
|Planted up with my clivia seedlings - September 2012|
This is what the bed looked like in September 2012 - I couldn't wait for the builders to leave site, so climbed in around them LOL Once I was finished, the area was strictly off limits - except when they had to paint the exterior walls of the house. Then I "supervised" their entire time there ;)This is what that spot looks like today.
|Clivia - stunning, rewarding and|
so simple to care for.
You win some, and you lose some. I reckon I'm winning all the way :)