Clivias are bell-shaped flowers ranging in colour from orange to lemon to cream and even bronze with variegation in the 'throat' of the bloom. From southern Africa, the blooms consist of three petals and three sepals, collectively known as tepals. Sepals are usually green and protect the flower in bud. The shapes are either as open cups or hanging tubes. Foliage is 'strappy' and dark green which enhances the eyecatching splashes of colour. Clivias are tough and can be grown in deep shade.
Clivia Miniata Orange Bronze with green throat.
A public vote for the Best Presented Clivia presents the winning plant owner with the Kevin Walters Memorial Trophy. Mr Walters was an award-winning member of the society and a well-known breeder of Toowoomba.
Clivia Miniata Madeline Robinson.
An 'Official Selfie Spot' backdrop of typical Clivia varieties was a colourful memento opportunity. Raffle tickets for a dollar to win one of a variety of Clivias or a gift of secateurs, leather gloves and a book entitled 'Australian Native Garden'. An outdoor nursery was available for purchases in a wide variety of shrubs. Shopping included branded Toowoomba Clivia Society shirts, gardening hats, bookmarks and booklets on growing.
If the show inspired your green thumb, there were miniata seeds to buy in mixed crosses, orange, yellow, peach and green, to get you started on your own garden. Flowers will not appear for three years and the shrubs stay quite small. After four years you should have a mature plant. Potting from seedlings is easy. Use any commercial potting or seedling mix. Make a narrow hole in the growing medium then insert the root, leaving the seed on the surface, then shake to compact. You can leave the seedling in the pot for up to two years after which time you should re-pot or plant in a garden. Feeding with liquid fertilizer is recommended. Once you get started growing Clivias, you could find yourself becoming an avid collector.
The Clivia Show was housed within the TAFE College which has a pleasant garden to wander and there were Australian Native plants for sale with a variety of Grevilleas and tubes.
Take a restful stroll through the lovely TAFE College gardens.
Toowoomba Farmer's Markets have moved from the Showgrounds to the edge of the TAFE property. The markets will be fortnightly but they will be on again on Saturday 26 September 2016 to give Carnival of Flowers visitors more opportunities to buy fresh local produce.