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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Mystery Cannas Fixing To Bloom

Unknown canna with buds
Unknown canna with buds

This striped leaf canna is new to my yard. It seems very happy in Las Vegas. It's growth could be described as aggressive. I'm really excited about seeing the flowers. The leaves make me think of C. 'Bangkok', but we shall see.

Posted by Dawn Hill at 9:41 PM
Categories: Buds, C. 'Bangkok'
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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Perfect White Canna Flowers

Canna 'Ermine' with flowers fully open
Canna 'Ermine' with flowers fully open

Wow! Ermine is very beautiful. I hope it continues to do well so I can have a bunch of these.

Canna 'Ermine' flowers
Canna 'Ermine' flowers

Posted by Dawn Hill at 9:37 PM
Categories: C. 'Ermine', Flowers
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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Collecting Canna Seeds

Seed pods of Canna 'Dawn Pink'
Seed pods of Canna 'Dawn Pink'

I'm collecting seeds from my canna plants. The seed pod forms at the base of the flower. If it is fertile, it will grow larger. Don't pick until the pod is completely dry and starting to crack. The seeds are dark and round. Notch the seeds with a file and then soak them for 48 hours. Plant 1/2" deep.

Dried seed pod ready to pick
Dried seed pod ready to pick

Ermine Buds Opening

C. 'Ermine' buds are opening.
C. 'Ermine' buds are opening.

C. 'Ermine' flowers opening.
C. 'Ermine' flowers opening.

Posted by Dawn Hill at 9:31 PM
Categories: Buds, C. 'Ermine', Flowers
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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Striped Leaves

Vigorous striped foliage of unknown canna.
Vigorous striped foliage of unknown canna.

Posted by Dawn Hill at 9:28 PM
Categories: Foliage
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On The Edge

Canna 'Pretoria' has a thin red edge around the leaf.
Canna 'Pretoria' has a thin purplish edge around the leaf.

A burgundy edge outlines the lush green leaves of Canna 'Red Dazzler'
A burgundy edge outlines the lush green leaves of Canna 'Red Dazzler'

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Canna Australia Seedlings Taking Hold

Canna 'Australia' seedlings are making themselves at home.
Canna 'Australia' seedlings are making themselves at home.

These young Canna 'Australia' seem to be taking a vigorous hold. They arrived here as seedlings about eight weeks ago. They have been unphased by Las Vegas summer temperatures. (Highest temp so far this year = 116F)

Posted by Dawn Hill at 9:20 PM
Categories: C. 'Australia'
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White-Flowered Canna Ermine

Canna 'Ermine' with buds
Canna 'Ermine' with buds

Ermine is a short little canna with light green leaves. This particular canna is a new seedling to my yard. I've got it growing in a large pot in dappled sunlight. I'm really excited to see it ready to bloom so quickly!

Canna 'Ermine' just loves the camera
Canna 'Ermine' just loves the camera

Posted by Dawn Hill at 9:18 PM
Categories: Buds, C. 'Ermine'
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Monday, July 09, 2007

Sun-scorched Leaves

My lovely new Tropicanna has suffered a sunburn.
My lovely new Tropicanna has suffered a sunburn.

How sad! But a happy ending is on the way: the new shoots coming up are better acclimated to the desert sun.

Posted by Dawn Hill at 9:14 PM
Categories: C. 'Tropicanna', Foliage
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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Where is Canna Land?

Canna 'Dawn Pink'
Canna 'Dawn Pink'

Canna Land is that wonderful tropical paradise I wish to have in my backyard. It is a magical sunny place of inviting color, sparkling water and fragrant breezes. Canna Land is a fantasy moving toward reality. This blog will chronicle that journey.

Posted by Dawn Hill at 9:09 PM
Categories: C. 'Dawn Pink', Flowers
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