Wednesday, August 29, 2007
More Cleopatra Pictures
Canna 'Cleopatra' flowers
C. 'Cleopatra' has variably marked flowers
C. 'Cleopatra' with red streaks
Red Dazzler In Bloom
The flowers of 'Red Dazzler' are huge - just like the rest of the plant.
I am so excited to see Red Dazzler bloom. The flowers are not a true red as the name would lead you to believe. The color is more of a reddish-orange.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Bangkok Is Ready For Her Closeup
Canna 'Bangkok' has yellow flowers with a white stripe down the center of the petals.
Bangkok's flowers are very beautiful and delicate. Unfortunately they do not hold up well under the desert sun. I felt fortunate to catch this lovely flower in a pretty good light. The foliage is a different story: it always looks great! I can understand now why some gardeners cut off the flowers and just grow Bangkok for the vigorous and dramatic foliage. Not that I would do that, mind you!
Bangkok has numerous synonyms - different names for the same plant. They include 'Striped Beauty', Christ's Light', 'Nirvana', 'Minerva' amd 'King of Siam'.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Canna Land Claims New Territory
Make way for the pathway garden!
Unsightly overgrown bushes have been removed from the narrow, east-facing side of the house. My son heroically removed these obstacles to progress. I am planning a pathway garden that will include cannas and other lovely things.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Red Dazzler Buds
Buds of C. 'Red Dazzler'
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Yellow Futurity Buds
Leaf and buds of Canna 'Yellow Futurity'
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
A Broad-Shouldered Canna
Canna 'Red Dazzler'
Red Dazzler is big in every way. I love this picture looking down the center of this canna. It's like a mini tropical universe.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
These are the first blooms of Cleopatra. They are lovely bright yellow with red spots.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
State of Confusion
Canna 'Cleopatra' buds
The buds of Cleopatra are randomly colored green, purple or both.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Canna 'Cleopatra' foliage with characteristic brown stripes
Cleopatra is a chimera. That means that there are two different sets of genes within the plant tissue that cause the striped leaves and harlequin flowers. Lovely brown and green leaves are a predictor for lovely yellow and red flowers.
Cleopatra is unstable, so that no two flowers may look alike. Completely green shoots will create solid yellow flowers. Brown shoots will have all red flowers.