…’Cause, I did say there would be no more Clivia posts for this year but I didn’t account for my wicked sister, Sandra. Sandra is responsible, directly or indirectly, for all the Clivias in this post.
The top photo is a Clivia from my garden in Perth. It was the very last to flower. Sandra gave it to me 12 years ago and it has thrived on neglect. Well, not really thrived. It hasn’t multiplied much in those years but it did produce these wonderful flowers this year.
After my last Clivia post, I did go back to Clivia Classiques and I did buy one last Clivia but I don’t have a flower to show. I did a circuit of the nursery before zooming in on a particularly spectacular specimen. I asked Paul, the proprietor, the price and was told “It is not for sale.” I certainly have a good eye. I then asked whether he had another that was not in flower. He did but, again, “It (was) not for sale.” Paul then pointed out one with a similar flower, not so spectacular (a cross with the one I wanted) but I couldn’t even have that one. He, eventually, agreed to sell me a flowerless cross. He is a hard man 🙂
When Sandra suggested she might revisit Clivia Classiques, I asked her to see if a Waltzing Matilda was available. On a previous visit, I had spied a huge one which was magnificent. Waltzing Matilda is pretty unique, if only for the fact that it has a name – most don’t. Anyway, this one is different from the one I saw. The plants are grown from seed, therefore, unless you have seen a flower on the plant you intend to buy, you can’t be certain what the flower will be like. That is why Paul, usually, sells his plants in flower. It was a good choice, as it turns out, because this one is more yellow than any I have.
Whilst Sandra was at the nursery, she spied some peach Clivias and decided I needed one. It is very speccy. It is different from any I have thus a welcome addition.
Now, this really is it for this year. And, don’t forget, if you are looking for a low maintenance plant for a shaded position, Clivias are definitely worth considering. They don’t mind competition with their roots so they are fine under trees, etc, where a lot of other plants struggle. But, alas, if you want to buy them in flower, you have to wait 11 months.