Tuesday, June 30, 2009
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.
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.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
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
Left to right: Grackleflap, Edna Tulip, yellow seedling
Monday, June 15, 2009
Two New Seedlings Bloom
Bright yellow, orchid-like flowers with pink lines on the lower petal, green foliage
This canna is a seedling of Orange Punch.
I just love yellow cannas!
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.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Homemade Upside Down Tomato
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.
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.
Monday, June 08, 2009
Cardinal Sinn Blooms
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.