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Thursday, 5 April 2012
Flowers at last
Variegated dwarf Clivia miniata
When I returned to England from Holland in 2003 I brought with me a number of seedlings of variegated dwarf Clivia that were surplus to requirements when the Sahin Clivia collection was dispersed. Most were given away, but one has been growing on my windowsill ever since, occasionally repotted but it has had minimal care. Probably in consequence it has grown very slowly - though the dwarfer clivias are not fast-growing, and the variegation presumably doesn't help - so it has only just reached flowering size. The flowers are fairly average in shape, size and coloration, but they look well with well-striped leaves. To the top of the flowers the plant is only 33 cm high, so it is a nice size for a windowsill.
A personal view of the world of horticulture and plants by a gardening botanist and author, living in Settrington, North Yorkshire, and working as Director of the Yorkshire Arboretum, a partnership between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Castle Howard.
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