The focus of the the meeting on Tuesday 12th October was the plant, Clivia, which is endemic to South Africa and Swaziland. This herbaceous evergreen is very hardy and, as an understory plant, prefers shady positions. The similarities of climate between South Africa and south eastern Australia mean that it is easy to grow in Melbourne.
Our guest speaker was Dr Peter Haeusler of the Melbourne Clivia Group, who spoke with great knowledge and enthusiasm about the cultivation and propagation of this robust plant.
Following our guest speaker, Emily Karanikolopoulos gave a demonstration, creating two ikebana arrangements using Clivias from her own garden.
In her nageire arrangement she wrapped clivia leaves around a ceramic cylinder in which she arranged orange clivia flowers.
Emily also made a small arrangement using ingeniously rolled leaves of clivia and one clivia berry in a quirky vase.
This is a bird's eye view of the arrangement.
Below are clivia arrangements by members.