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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Tropicanna Sizzles

Canna 'Tropicanna'
Canna 'Tropicanna'

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

More Tangelo

Canna 'Tangelo'
Canna 'Tangelo'

This is a much more open picture of Tangelo than the one I posted before.

Posted by Dawn Hill at 11:58 PM
Categories: C. 'Tangelo', Flowers
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Monday, August 25, 2008

And Now For Something Completely Different!

Canna glauca 'Panache'
Canna glauca 'Panache'
Canna glauca 'Panache'
Canna glauca 'Panache'
Canna glauca 'Panache'
Canna glauca 'Panache'

Saturday, August 23, 2008

This Little Light Of Mine

Canna 'Bangkok' has the brightest yellow buds.
Canna 'Bangkok' has the brightest yellow buds.

C. 'Bangkok' is a treat for the eyes: green and white striped foliage, sunny yellow flowers, and red buds. It is short, so this year I am growing it in a pot. The foliage alone is very decorative.

Bangkok's flowers have an elegant white stripe down the center of the petals.
Bangkok's flowers have a white stripe down the center of the petal.
Posted by Dawn Hill at 1:15 AM
Categories: Buds, C. 'Bangkok', Flowers, Foliage
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Thursday, August 21, 2008

I Confess - I Love Cardinal Sinn

Canna 'Cardinal Sinn' is very generous with his red flowers.
Canna 'Cardinal Sinn' is very generous with his red flowers.

Sparkling Australia

Canna 'Australia' is sparkly red-orange with a few streaks of yellow.
Canna 'Australia' is sparkly red-orange with a few streaks of yellow.
Australia's foliage is a distinctive dark maroon.
Australia's foliage is a distinctive dark maroon.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Canna 'Tama Tulipa'

C. 'Tama Tulipa' has small yellow and red flowers.
C. 'Tama Tulipa' has small yellow and red flowers.
Tama Tulipa is first to reach the top of the wall.
Tama Tulipa is first to reach the top of the wall.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Canna 'Omega'

Canna 'Omega' has apricot flowers with a subtle yellow edge.
Canna 'Omega' has apricot flowers with a subtle yellow edge.
Omega is very tall with blue-green foliage.
Omega is very tall with blue-green foliage.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Canna Land Expansion

Canna Land Phase I
Canna Land Phase I

This is the beginning of Canna Land. This bed has tall cannas so they can be seen over the above ground pool. Recently I added to the far end because I needed a place to grow some of my seedlings.

Canna Land Phase II
Canna Land Phase II

Last year my son removed a row of messy bushes. It was so dusty and miserable on that side of the house. The goal was to cool it off and make it an inviting destination. Last fall I used this area as a nursery bed for canna starts and irises.

This spring, vegetables were added. The tomato jungle you see behind the cannas is two Yellow Pear Tomato plants. I never saw any tomato grow like the Yellow Pear. It seems to be very disease resistant and able to outgrow tomato worms with minimal human help. It's a tomato superhero!

Posted by Dawn Hill at 2:23 PM
Categories: Projects
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Friday, August 08, 2008

The Many Faces Of Cleopatra

Canna 'Cleopatra' with purple streaks on foliage
Canna 'Cleopatra' with purple streaks on foliage

Cleopatra is a chimera. This is a genetic condition that causes the plant to have variable flowers and foliage. Stalks with all green leaves produce yellow flowers with red dots. If the leaves have purple streaks, then the flowers will have more red in them. Look at the buds. Usually the yellow buds produce mostly yellow flowers and the red buds produce mostly red flowers. Every flower can be different, even on the same stalk.

Canna 'Cleopatra' with petal divided - half red and half yellow
Canna 'Cleopatra' with petal divided - half red and half yellow