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Strelitzia reginae

Maree  Clarkson

Tarlton, South Africa

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W&N watercolour in Moleskine 200gsm watercolour Moleskine sketch-book
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The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp.*
JOHN BERRY, Flight of White Crows
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This winter has managed to totally kill off my Strelitzia Regina (due to wet feet and a gardener disregarding instructions not to water it in Winter!), so this is one indigenous wonder that I will not re-introduce to my garden. Tarlton just has far too much frost for many plants that I truly do love, and I’ve been struggling for a couple of seasons with this one now, having to cover it every winter and this time I forgot!
Strelitzia is a genus of five species of perennial plants, native to South Africa. The genus is named after the duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, birthplace of Queen Charlotte of the United Kingdom. A common name of the genus is bird of paradise flower, because of a supposed resemblance of its flowers to the bird of paradise. In South Africa it is commonly known as a crane flower.


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