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Introducing Jimmie Jill

July 26th, 2009


Canna 'Jimmie Jill' is a seedling of C. 'Ermine'
Canna ‘Jimmie Jill’ is a seedling of C. ‘Ermine’

I want to name this canna after my sister-in-law, Jill Hill Forbes Fisher. She passed away in 2002. This canna flower is one of her favorite colors and Jill would have loved its playful look.


Jimmie Jill has wide-open apricot pink flowers.
Jimmie Jill has wide-open apricot pink flowers.

I recently noticed that Jimmie Jill has a branching flower stem, so that means more flowers on each stalk. Self-cleaning, too, if the humidity is just right.


Jimmie Jill has wavy green foliage.
Jimmie Jill has wavy green foliage.

First Bloom

July 23rd, 2009


This seedling of Canna 'China Doll' is the first of my 2009 seedlings to bloom!
This seedling of Canna ‘China Doll’ is the first of my 2009 seedlings to bloom!

These seeds came from Sherry.

More Orange From Grackleflap

July 8th, 2009


Grackleflap has small orange flowers.
Grackleflap has small orange flowers.

I really love the foliage of this canna seedling. I want to find out how tall it will grow and if it will create seeds. I’ve decided to plant him in the pathway garden.


Grackleflap is a 2008 seedling.
Grackleflap is a 2008 seedling.

Happy Henry

July 4th, 2009


Happy Henry is a 2008 seedling.
Happy Henry is a 2008 seedling.


Happy Henry is short with blue-green leaves.
Happy Henry is short with blue-green leaves.

Orange Punch: Endless Orange

July 2nd, 2009


Canna 'Orange Punch' is brilliant orange with yellow at the center.
Canna ‘Orange Punch’ is brilliant orange with yellow at the center.

Orange Punch blooms so much the flower stems often hang down.
Orange Punch blooms so heavily the flower stems often hang down.

Elegant Ermine

June 30th, 2009

Canna 'Ermine'
Canna ‘Ermine’

Ermine is such a delight as a potted canna. It always has a choice location on my patio. I think it does better if you can leave it in a pot over the winter
because the rhizomes are hideously tiny.


Ermine is a dwarf canna about 2 - 2 1/2 feet tall.
Ermine is a dwarf canna about 2 – 2 1/2 feet tall.

Recently I divided my Ermine. Imagine my horror when the whole batch went down with transplant shock! I guess with the small rhizomes, the divisions couldn’t sail through the process as well as cannas with beefier rhizomes.


Canna 'Ermine'
Canna ‘Ermine’

Edna Tulip

June 23rd, 2009


Canna 'Edna Tulip'
Canna ‘Edna Tulip’

Edna Tulip is an outstanding heavy bloomer. The flowers are uniquely colored: very light yellow with a pink center.


Soft butter yellow with a pink center
Soft butter yellow with a pink center


Left to right:  Grackleflap, Edna Tulip, yellow seedling
Left to right: Grackleflap, Edna Tulip, yellow seedling

Two New Seedlings Bloom

June 15th, 2009


Bright yellow, orchid-like flowers with pink lines on the lower petal
Bright yellow, orchid-like flowers with pink lines on the lower petal, green foliage


This canna is a seedling of Orange Punch.
This canna is a seedling of Orange Punch.


I just love yellow cannas!
I just love yellow cannas!


Cream colored flowers with pink speckles and lines over blue-green foliage
Cream colored flowers with pink speckles and lines over blue-green foliage


This seedling is from seeds I got from Alice Harris of Karchesky Canna.
This seedling is from seeds I got from Alice Harris of Karchesky Canna.

Homemade Upside Down Tomato

June 13th, 2009


This awesome project was practically free!
This awesome project was practically free!

Needed for this project:

  • Plastic reusable shopping bag. I got mine free from the local Vons store.
  • Plastic lid – from the recycle bin.
  • Tomato plant – I used an un-deployed Juliet tomato (grape) that I grew from seed.
  • Potting soil. Used SuperSoil – not free, but on hand.

Directions: Cut an “X” in the bottom of the bag. Cut the lid to make collar (below). Remove tomato plant from pot. Put collar around base of plant at soil level. Carefully feed the leaves of the plant through the “X”. Fill bag with potting soil. Hang by handles and water. Stand back or you’ll get wet!


Place this collar around the base of the plant.
Place this collar around the base of the plant.


Cut an
Cut an “X” in the bottom of the bag and feed the tomato plant through from the inside.


The collar will prevent excess soil loss.
The collar will prevent excess soil loss.

Cardinal Sinn Blooms

June 8th, 2009


Cardinal Sinn starts blooming before he reaches full height.
Cardinal Sinn starts blooming well before he reaches full height.

Canna ‘Cardinal Sinn’ can hardly wait to start blooming. The first blooms will appear on a short stalk, but each stalk after will be taller than the last before it blooms.


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