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Offline Jeff P

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May Snow
« on: May 05, 2012, 21:23:04 »
My dark-orange to red clivia has been enjoying the last few frost risky weeks outside next to the south side of my house. It comes in only if the forecast is lower than freezing. Last night was the first night in a week where the temperature reached 0 but next to the house, on the warmest, driest side, I took the chance - besides how many pictures do you get of clivia outside next to the snow?

We got around 3 cm by the time it finished snowing. Thankfully, it turned to rain but now we are wet, wet, wet. Sadly (or gladly?), this is actually a small amount of snow for this time of the year. Even better is the weather is warmer in the mountains 110km away...

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Offline Eddie Pringle

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Re: May Snow
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2012, 21:56:16 »
Jeff thanks for sharing these beautiful pics with us. At work we are currently involved in a project to heat the oil in gearboxes for machines destined for Canada otherwise the viscosity of the oil gets so low that the gearboxes break due to your low temperatures.

I was in a SA town today where the temperature in the house with good ventilation reached 33 degrees C.

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Re: May Snow
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2012, 23:00:49 »
BBRRRRR!!!  Autumn is kinda balmy here in Cape Town at the moment!
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Offline Maria

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Re: May Snow
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2012, 07:23:14 »
Great picture Jeff!

I still remember some forum members being "so shocked" when I posted a picture of my clivias
outside with a plastic drop cloth over them...the "Clivia Tent".  It was not even snowing and temps
were above freezing.

Thanks for sharing and keep warm up there! :rose: :smile: :rose:
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Offline Jeff P

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Re: May Snow
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2012, 18:22:30 »
Maria - hehe, ya, we definitely much different weather than SA and got to keep our clivias prepared for that. I stretch the season out as long as possible and take many chances otherwise they would only spend a measly 3 months outside. Plus - it helps them flower cause they think it's winter =)

Eddie and Leisl -- I'm glad you're having a balmy autumn. What I wouldn't give to even have a summer as warm as that ;)

I'm glad you all enjoy the pictures. It helps me to see the beauty in it even if I am so sick of snow and cold weather that I just want summer - NOW! Maybe I'll become a plant geneticist and grow GMO clivia that can withstand frosts down to -30 C... but then everyone would have them and they wouldn't be as special, or would they?
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Re: May Snow
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2012, 18:49:22 »
Clivias are a lot tougher and adaptable than most of us think they are.
So I think the most important thing is to know and study how they will
perform well under one's growing practices and conditions.
It is good to experiment and learn.
What works for one gardener may not work for the other and vice versa.

HARMONY between you, your plants and Mother Nature in the garden is very important. :)
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