We were told lilies were 'fussy' to grow and can sometimes never flower. We had three types and they all flowered. Had to be fed every 2 months but so little effort for the glorious display. The pond is crystal clear and a year on the gravel can be seen on the 1m+ bottom
Started an wildlife hedgerow with Elderberry, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Hazel and Sweet Chestnut. The hedge will grow around the fence and (eventually) we'll get back some privacy. Oh yes and the cats hate it!
Updates 1 year on: we took down the failing wooden fence at the back of the garden and chose an interlinked fence instead. Amazing amount of light now basks down the side of the garden and the orange blossom is thriving