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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Norad Reports Santa Is On His Way To Vegas!

Off to bed I go! I have been a very good girl and I know Santa has something for me in his sleigh. Find a bit of fun at Norad tracks Santa.

Posted by Dawn Hill at 10:39 PM
Categories: Funtime
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Seed Pods - Canna compacta cinabrina

Canna compacta cinabrina with seed pods
Canna compacta cinabrina with seed pods

Seed Pods - Seedling Happy Henry

The seedling Happy Henry with pods
The seedling Happy Henry with pods
Posted by Dawn Hill at 12:18 AM
Categories: Projects, Seedlings, Seed Pods
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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Seed Pods - Canna 'Cardinal Sinn'

Cardinal Sinn with flowers and seed pods
Cardinal Sinn with flowers and seed pods

These pictures are from late October.

These pods are plentiful and gorgeous - maroon over green
These pods are plentiful and gorgeous - maroon over green

Seed Pods - Canna 'Aztec'

Aztec produces big lumpy seed pods.
Aztec produces big lumpy seed pods.

This picture is from late October.

Posted by Dawn Hill at 4:10 PM
Categories: C. 'Aztec', Seed Pods
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Friday, December 19, 2008

Seed Pods - Canna 'Tropical Sunrise'

Tropical Sunrise seems to be especially fertile.
Tropical Sunrise seems to be especially fertile.

More pink-blushed pods. This picture is also from early October.

Seed Pods - Canna 'Dawn Pink'

The seed pods of Dawn Pink have pink highlights.
The seed pods of Dawn Pink have pink highlights.

This picture is from early October.

Posted by Dawn Hill at 9:15 PM
Categories: C. 'Dawn Pink', Seed Pods
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Last Minute Seedling Blooms

One of my seedlings finally opened a little orange flower.
One of my seedlings finally opened a little orange flower.

I waited and waited for this one to bloom. I really like the long narrow foliage and got excited when I saw an orange and yellow petal peaking out of the bud. The flower turned out to be quite small.

Lovely leaves, tiny flower
Lovely leaves, tiny flower

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Who Is Hiding?

Canna 'Aztec'
Canna 'Aztec'

Aztec is a medium height canna - about 5 ft. tall. It puts on a spectacular display with large flowerheads of yellow, orange and red.

Unusual bud or...praying mantis!
Unusual bud or...praying mantis
It's looking at me!
It's looking at me!
Posted by Dawn Hill at 6:30 PM
Categories: C. 'Aztec', Flowers
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Glorious Ermine

Canna 'Ermine' creates large, sumptuous flower heads in the fall.
Canna 'Ermine' creates large, sumptuous flower heads in the fall.
A look inside Canna 'Ermine'
A look inside Canna 'Ermine'
Posted by Dawn Hill at 12:03 AM
Categories: C. 'Ermine', Flowers
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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Not Dead Yet!

Yes, I'm still here and so is Canna Land. My laptop lost its motherboard, but now is back from the shop and all is well. We have enjoyed a very warm autumn here in Las Vegas. The cannas have not yet been nipped by frost. Many are still blooming.

I'm trying to encourage my seedlings to go ahead and bloom before it's too late. The first of my 2008 seedlings is yellow with red speckles. The flower is wide open with narrow petals - about 4 inches across. It has blue-green leaves with the look of a water canna.

My first canna seedling to bloom!
My first canna seedling to bloom!

I have decided to grow this canna next year to see how it does. I like the way it holds up to our hot summer sun and does well in a pot. I think that this seedling is probably very similar to other named varieties, but it has two of my most necessary qualities. So I am planning to grow it at least for next season. I will call it Happy Henry just for fun.

Happy Henry
Happy Henry
Happy Henry (left) with another unnamed seedling
Happy Henry (left) with another unnamed seedling
Posted by Dawn Hill at 11:39 PM
Categories: Projects, Seedlings
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