Clivias @ NiederHeim B&B

The garden of NiederHeim Bed and Breakfast is once again awash in an orange sea of Clivia flowers.

The Clivias of NiederHeim B&B have an interesting story. Jan’s grandmother used to have a pot plant on her veranda in Mossel Bay. From there his parents planted some of the sprouts in the garden of their Nature’s Valley holiday home. From those they brought Jan and Esther two plants by train as Norman sr. and Alta Nieder-Heitmann came to attend the baptism of Norman jr. at Maandagshoek in Sekhukhuneland. There the Clivias flourished and abounded for ten year as did the young Nieder-Heitmann family. When they moved to Bellville in 1991 a good number of Clivias came with the rest of their belongings. Meanwhile these rewarding plants have multiplied under the shady trees of this B&B accommodation establishment. Offshoots also adorn the garden of many a friend in Bellville.

Jan has lately also bought seeds of the beautiful red Barberton variety. Hopefully his posterity will one day also be able to tell the story of how their gardens became awash in flames of red.

The annual Clivia Show of the Cape Town Clivia Club will be held again at the Bellville Civic Centre, Voortrekker road, Bellville from24 – 26 September 2010. The exhibit usually illustrate the great variety of Clivias. The Clivia Miniata provides a brilliant display of colour of yellow, orange, and red as well as unusual shades of pastel. The exhibits alsol include varieties of variegated leaf , broad leaf and miniature plants as well as the tubular species.

Experts will  be present to give advice on the different aspects of growing Clivia. In addition, flowering plants, seeds seedlings and accessories, such as growing medium will also  be on sale.

Various publications that give practical and technical information about these rewarding plants will be available for both the novice and expert.

This year (2010) the show will be preceded by the International Clivia conference on 21 and 22 September in the adjacent Sanlam auditorium. More info regarding the show and international conference can be found on the Cape Clivia Club’s website, www.miniata.co.za .

The Indigenous bulb society of South Africa’s display of a wide variety of flowering bulbs will be an added attraction and members of this society will be at hand to give advice on growing bulbs.

The show is usually open between 09:00 and 17:00.