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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Elegant Ermine

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'
Posted by Dawn Hill at 10:15 PM
Categories: C. 'Ermine', Flowers, Foliage
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Edna Tulip

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
Posted by Dawn Hill at 10:06 PM
Categories: Buds, C. 'Edna Tulip', Flowers
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Monday, June 15, 2009

Two New Seedlings Bloom

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.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Homemade Upside Down Tomato

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.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Cardinal Sinn Blooms

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.