The Clivia are Blooming in the Hoophouse!

Posted by Francesca

We were making the rounds with Ryan, the gardener, the other day.  He took us into the hoophouse where he keeps Martha's potted citrus trees for the winter.  I happened to notice that the clivia plants were blooming.  Clivia are such happy looking flowers!

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Well, here we are in the hoop house with Ryan and I am very happy to see that Martha's clivia collection is beginning to bloom.

1 Well, here we are in the hoop house with Ryan and I am very happy to see that Martha's clivia collection is beginning to bloom.

Hoist me up, Ryan, so I can have a better look at these beautiful flowers.

2 Hoist me up, Ryan, so I can have a better look at these beautiful flowers.

Clivia is a genus of durable shade plants in the Amaryllis family, native to South Africa.

3 Clivia is a genus of durable shade plants in the Amaryllis family, native to South Africa.

Sharkey, although there are 4 species in the genus, it is the Clivia miniata that is most commonly found in cultivation in the United States.

4 Sharkey, although there are 4 species in the genus, it is the Clivia miniata that is most commonly found in cultivation in the United States.

These lovely yellow blooms belong to clivia Sir John Thuron, a rather rare variety that Sir John Thuron, an esteemed plantsman, brought from Britain to his gardens in Philadelphia in the 1950s.  Martha is lucky to have one.

5 These lovely yellow blooms belong to clivia Sir John Thuron, a rather rare variety that Sir John Thuron, an esteemed plantsman, brought from Britain to his gardens in Philadelphia in the 1950s. Martha is lucky to have one.

Sharkey, clivias are more commonly found bearing orange flowers, like this one.

6 Sharkey, clivias are more commonly found bearing orange flowers, like this one.

Clivias grow best where they receive bright daylight but little or no direct sun, as they burn easily.

7 Clivias grow best where they receive bright daylight but little or no direct sun, as they burn easily.

In addition to the rare yellow and the more common orange, clivia flowers also bloom bright red.

8 In addition to the rare yellow and the more common orange, clivia flowers also bloom bright red.

The flowers are arranged in umbels, or clusters, upon a single long stalk called a peduncle.

9 The flowers are arranged in umbels, or clusters, upon a single long stalk called a peduncle.

Unlike the amaryllis, these long strap-shaped leaves are evergreen and they grow from thick branching roots, or rhizomes, and not a bulb.  That's all I can tell you for now about clivia, Sharkey.

10 Unlike the amaryllis, these long strap-shaped leaves are evergreen and they grow from thick branching roots, or rhizomes, and not a bulb. That's all I can tell you for now about clivia, Sharkey.

Comments (13)

  • Good morning ladies,
    It sure is good to see you both out and about together. The Clivia are beautiful and happy just like you all. I like the orange and Mimi likes the yellow. Did somebody have a happy birthday? Hmmm?
    Sure hope so!
    I'm up early 'cause the wind is howling and I heard something hit the house, probably a branch from the river birch. It was warmish yesterday and now I guess it's cold again. Doesn't matter, I'm not going to work. My neck is feeling much better. My muscles were all tensed up and my meds have me really relaxed and feeling better.
    I'll check in later & see how everybody else feels today.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Good Morning F & S

    Sharkey I hope you had a wonderful birthday :)

    Looking at all those pretty flowers really makes me anxious for Spring to arrive. The sun was out all weekend but it was cold!!!

    So the skunk odor is all gone the house is back to normal. Mom has moth ball hangers all over the shed area out back. She is really freaked out about the skunks so before we go out at night she turns on all the lights and goes out before us to yell at the skunks.

    I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend now back to work :(

    Zoe

  • Hello ladies,
    I was expecting to see pictures from a birthday party but I think these flowers are really pretty. The orange one is such a rich color. I am glad you are doing so much better Francesca cause now Sharkey has a little outside buddy again. I think GK walks too fast for you girls.
    Well, what did everyone do over the long weekend? The weather was good here. Awesome deck time. Rebel you are on the mend too. Very good. Zoe, how is precious? Is the skunk smell gone? I hope so.
    It is 25 degrees here so you know where I am headed. Hehehehehehe
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    What a weekend I had here. It was in the 20’s every night and sunny during the day. Now that the weekend is over, it’s warmer and pouring down rain. Just my luck turning warmer so it’s rain and not snow. Guess I’ll be an inside dog today. I like the flowers too. The spring flowers are coming up already and I did see some of the blooms on a few. I think the cold made them turn a funny color. Well so much for my weekend.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Ohhh I'm envious! my 1974 Clivia plant did not bloom early this year, however I do have two seed pods that took a year to mature...
    Lovely flowers F & S, thanks for sharing and making me want Spring even more, especially today when the temps took a dive from 56 to 12 by rain last night and snow this morning...darn I'm tired of this up and down weather.
    You girls take it easy, don't let Francesca overdo it.

    Hope all is well with the glue squad friends
    delia & Kitty =^, ,^=

  • Hello Girls & Glue Squad Buddies,
    Hope everyone had a great 3 day weekend. You girls are sooooo smart on all the plants. Those Clivia plants are beautiful. Mom wants to know where your Mama gets them, so she can get some in her greenhouse. Francesca you look good out with Sharkey. Just don't do too much too soon. I am preparing for what I hope will be 2 giant blizzards tomorrow and Sunday. Yahoo!!! I haven't been doing too well on the bath cooperating and getting my ears cleaned. I am on meds for them but still have to get them cleaned. Yuk!! Zoe, glad the skunk smell is gone.Mom flashes the lights on and off in the morning and goes out with me. Dad not so much at night. He better watch out for the skunks I think. I am looking forward to checking back later to see how everyones' weekend was---so glad Rebel your neck is doing better. Have a GEM of a day to ALL!!!
    Love & licks,
    Ruby

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, How great to see you two beautiful girls at the hoop house together with Ryan! Francesca, you sure do look much better and I'll bet you love going outside again! Sharkey, sure hope you had a great birthday party time yesterday when you turned 8 years old! I am 8 years old now and will be 9 in June! I love seeing and learning all about those beautiful clivia flowers and how great that Martha has some in her hoop house! How nice of Ryan to lift you both up to see those flowers so closely! Hope you are having a great day even thought it says you will get some rain today! God Bless you!!! Rebel, so glad you are feeling better! I'm feeling as good as usual! Zoe, sure glad that awful skunk smell is gone and hope they stay away! Maddox, we had a busy weekend with Mom cutting more wood and my uncle went to babysit his grandkids over the weekend! I always miss him when he is away! Kirby, sorry your getting that rain! Sure wish you had some snow to enjoy! Delia and sweet Kitty, sure wish you had some better weather and wish we do, too! Will check back to read more of your comments! Hope all of you have a great day! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • "Hoop" let the dogs out! :)

    Clivia is such a bright beautiful flower. I do love yellow and orange combination, makes me think of Spring!

    And boy, am I ready for Spring! :)

    Happy Tuesday..
    gail

  • Franny - yellow isyour color. How lucky you all are to have such wonderful spring flowers this early to enjoy!

    Molly

  • It was so good to see pictures of you out and about, Francesca Baby! I know Ryan knows how to take good care of you, but a mother worries, so you be careful. We are having internet problems so haven't been around much. This is a work week for Mom, so things probably won't change much. The weather is horrid-- first it rained now it's snowing, it's impossible to keep track. I am ready for spring, so those pretty flowers were sure a mood booster!
    A bientot!

  • Hi Francesca,Sharkey Birthday girl,Maddox, Baby favor,Ruby tuesday, Rebel,Zoe,Missy Chow,Kitty, and all my glue squad buddies-
    Beautiful clivia flowers! Have never seen one before. Great you are able to explore inside the greenhouse with Sharkey, Franny. Hope your neck continues to improve. Rebel, glad your neck is feeling better too. Ruby, enjoy your snowy days, we have had enough and want spring!
    Dudley, hope you keep nice and warm indoors. Kirby, we can see little plant shoots poking through the soil but no blooms at all. Zoe, glad your Pepe skunk scented areas are gone.
    I am due for another big brushing out before mom goes off to work with Abby.
    Have a wonderful day buddies and purrrrs- James Dean

  • Hello Everybody: We are back from our long weekend and while we didn't get such glorious warm weather as some of you, at least we did get some sunshine which makes everything seem better, even if it is still very cold!
    Great to see F&S both out and about, its lovely to see the flowers in bloom. You guys are so well behaved, Riley would be like a bull in a china shop with all his bouncing about. He'd be on those tables as quick as a wink, and that would be a disaster!
    Well it was nice to have Mom home for three days, we were out walking and driving in cars (with boys!) and just helping and supervising everything. We are more curious than a pack of monkeys and have to see everything. Riley actually did a good (and bad) thing this weekend - Sam dropped a sheet on the driveway in the evening and no one noticed it. Of course Riley saw it the next morning and quick as a wink dragged it into the back garden before it blew away... thats the good part, how he got through the fence from the backyard to the front driveway is another question. We keep hoping he'll get large enough not to be able to do it anymore - we need to put a backpack on him to make him fatter so he can't get through the fence, like they sometimes do to dogs who need to burn off nervous energy at a greater rate! However, its the thought that counts, right?
    Anyways, gotta go, raining here today so not much going on - hate the miserable rain.
    Bounces from Beardies - Martha (writing), Lucy and Riley boy.

  • Hi Girls & Glue Squad, The clivia flowers look so pretty and starlike just like the two of you. Both of you look like you enjoy checking the flowers with Ryan. Sharkey, hope you had a nice birthday and got lots of treats. We had a another snowstorm over the weekend, only 3-4 inches this time and lots of wind & cold air, it was howling on Saturday night; but there's rumors there may be another coming on Sunday :( . When does spring officially arrive?? I have to say I was in rear form Saturday and very restless; must have been lack of outside time and daily walks. We have only been able to do short walks, some sidewalks have yet to be cleared around our area. Hi to all my buddies and hope everyone is doing well. Rebel, glad your neck is feeling much better; Zoe, must feel good, no skunk smell around. Bet Mom is real happy. Ruby, let Mom check you ears, bet you would like a bubble bath, that would be fun-hehe. Dudley Do Right, June (what)????

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

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