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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Who Is Cinabrina?

Cinabrina or Maculata - That is the question.
Cinabrina or Maculata - That is the question.

Such a complicated name situation for a pretty little yellow flower! Canna compacta var. cinabrina was first offered by YuccaDo Nursery. It turned out to be extremely fertile, so the predictable happened - seeds and rhizomes turned up all over eBay. The spelling "cinnabarina" is also common. Now this sweet canna is determined to be Canna indica var. maculata. Canna compacta is commonly called Robert Kemp and not the same species as Maculata.

Taxonomy aside, Maculata is darling with its wavy leaves and profusion of spotted flowers. The hummingbirds love it, too.

More about the name controversy

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Texas Tulips Are Up!

Texas Tulips, Tulipa praecox - 2/19/09
Texas Tulips, Tulipa praecox - 2/19/09

I'm so excited that these tulips came up! I've never even tried to grow a tulip before. The bulbs were small and so was my faith, but now look! Texas Tulips are a species variety that naturalizes well in zones 6 - 8a.

Posted by Dawn Hill at 7:07 PM
Categories: Texas Tulip
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Monday, February 16, 2009

Up, Up and Away!

Canna seedlings, 2/15/09
Canna seedlings, 2/15/09

It's been nine days since I posted a photo of the seedlings. It sure seems like they are rocketing skyward. I will pot up the larger ones in a week or so.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Seedlings Progress

Canna seedlings - 2/6/09
Canna seedlings - 2/6/09

Only about half of the canna seeds in this tray have germinated, but never give up easily. Some may take three or four weeks to come up.

Dill and cilantro - 2/6/09
Dill and cilantro - 2/6/09
Leaf lettuce and Erodium 'Sweetheart' - 2/6/09
Leaf lettuce and Erodium 'Sweetheart' - 2/6/09

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Canna Seeds Sprout

Baby cannas emerge.
Baby cannas emerge.

The canna seeds I planted last week began showing sprouts. At first, they are white, but turn completely green before their first day is done.