As promised, I grabbed the camera and headed down the road to my BIL's home. His little hobby of cross pollinating clivia has become a bit of an obsession for him. He currently has over 6000 plants!!!! I thought it was about 3500, but I guess I underestimated. They are growing everywhere in his yard and then he has a HUGE shade cloth covered area for a double level of others.
Most of us are familiar with the orange ones. I have a number of those that once belonged to my father, who loved his gardens. Just look at the wonderful colors and different shaped blooms that we enjoyed.
|This is what greets us at the front door.|
|Some of the petals appear to be shaped more like a lily.|
|GREEN.....now we're talkin'!|
|Practically red! It looks like Christmas.|
|This was such a prolific bloomer.|
|Around the pool area.|
|Loved the hint of peach on the petals of these.|
|More around the pool.|
|The classic orange.|
|This is the shaded area. Clivia for as far as you can see and this is only the top level of them. There is another whole level below these that is just as full.|
I couldn't leave without him "forcing" me to load a few in my car! I wish I had more shady areas in my yard as I could have helped him unload a lot more. I may have to make a shad cloth area so I can bring all of the ones I loved home with me. It was the perfect time of the year to go see them in bloom.
Meanwhile, my own garden is in bloom as well. I was able to pick the first bouquet of roses - always a welcomed day.
The citrus is in bloom throughout the area and the smell is absolutely intoxicating - especially in the early morning and evening hours.
As well, the jasmine vine and cymbidium orchids are each vying for their own moment to shine.
We had a couple of new visitors to the yard this week. I was drawn outside by the rat-a-tat-tat I was hearing. Look what I discovered in the palm trees.
I am assuming they are a pair.
Next post will be back to stitching...........