Friday, July 20, 2012

The Tropics Of Nova Scotia


 

Okay, maybe I am exaggerating just a little here a bit.


But every year for the past 10 years or so I am totally awestruck with this plant.


It is called  Clivia, Clivia Miniata to be exact and it hails from South Africa.


It looks like a tourist in our garden in that it's texture, colour and general appearance


makes it look like a visitor.....an long-term one.


 We bring it in of course in the late fall and return it to it's 'summering home' in late May.


It must hibernate or something all winter because it stays in the basement and gets 


just a minimum of sunlight and water.


It stays lusciously green though and appears to be enjoying it's rest.


Before I go completely overboard about this plant just let me say that it's colour is exactly


 as you see it here. And living in a Northern Hemispheric country when this plant 'does it thing',


it's stands out and deserves to be noticed. Enjoy.








22 comments:

  1. it must like the way you treat it to reward you with such beauty every year.
    xxx

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    1. Lyn, it must!! It must be very hardy though!

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  2. I love clivias. A very common sight in California. You can even order (from White Flower Farm in Connecticut) a very unusual variety with yellow flowers. I think the yellow ones only cost $4,673 per plant (well, maybe a little less).

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    1. I remember one of Martha Stewart's TV shows where she was showing this yellow version of Clivia. Hey, good ole Martha!!

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  3. Orange gets me every time.
    m.

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    1. You know it is the 'hot'colour this season! With some tangy tangerine thrown in for good measure. You are so ahead of things!

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  4. Clivias are absolutely gorgeous. I never thought to add one in my garden for the summer. It must really put on quite a show out there.

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    1. It does, Martha! and I could see one in your garden looking stunning as well!

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  5. It's so gorgeous! And what beautiful light you caught shining through those amazing petals!

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    1. Thanks Debra! It really is so delightful to look at.

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  6. Great photos that do justice to this beauty. You know I love Sophie, so I have tried to figure out and get used to her daddy's new blog format. OK, so I can read it now, but how do I leave a comment?

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    1. Thanks Inger. All you have to do to leave a comment is to go to the bottom of the post and click 'comment'....then you have to 'scroll down' until you see the comments and go to the bottom of the comments until you find the 'comment box. Easy peasy! lol Ron said he did get a comment from you the other day...it worked!!

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  7. Stunning photos! Love the light and shadows.

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    1. Thanks Pat! The light was perfect and I just happened to be near!!

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  8. Love the color! Definitely would die in my care.... 10 years? Awesome!
    The shape is cool too, kind of shy even if it is orange. :-)

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    1. Never thought of it being shy! It probably is because it 'knows' it is very far from home!! lol

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  9. What a beautiful flower! I am awestruck with this Clivia! :)

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    1. That is a good way to feel about it! Me too!

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  10. Just when I think you have produced the most outstanding photographs ever, you come up with another. Incredible!

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    1. Get out of here! Lori!! I guess when an photo opportunity presents itself, I know what comes next! Thanks.

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  11. Hi, I read the word 'Photos" on your comment to Lori, and found you. The Clivia is also in New Zealand, but your photos and the intensity of the colours are wonderful.Did you use a macro lens for the close-ups?
    You will be added to my ever growing blog list, from quilting at the start to so much more now. Cheers from Jean

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    1. Hi Jean! Good to meet you! Thanks for dropping by.
      I did not use a macro for these particular shots. I used my Nikon 18-105mm lens which allows me to get up close. When I really want to get closer I use the macro.
      As will you be added to my list!

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