And about time too.
I thought I would feature this Clivia miniata to brighten things up a bit in the depths of winter. It's not flowering at the moment. In fact, it won't be flowering at all this year. Don't worry, it's still alive and well, but it's still recovering from the last two severe winters. I purchased it many, many years ago. It flowered every spring in a cold conservatory, and even set seed. I grew on several seedlings, and several of them flowered too. And then disaster struck; two very severe winters put paid to the seedlings, and badly damaged the mother plant. I managed to remove and pot on a small clump before the mother plant died. It's now growing quite happily indoors. Don't you just love a happy ending ?
Clivia were introduced to England in the 1800s from South Africa. They were named after Lady Charlotte Clive, the Duchess of Northumberland, who was the first person to grow them in England. And in Victorian times they became very popular as indoor plants. No, I don't remember that far back, by the way. In recent times, hybrids have been introduced of many different colours, some fetching quite high prices. I won't be buying one of those anytime soon then.
As the snow is falling quite heavily here, I came across this saying on t'internet:
'If February brings drifts of snow,
There will be good summer crops to hoe.'
I've not heard this saying before, so I can't comment on how reliable it is, but I hope it's right.