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Monday, October 12, 2009

The Hummingbird's Ghost

Hummingbird's Ghost is a seedling of C. 'Pixie'.
Hummingbird's Ghost is a seedling of C. 'Pixie'.

Hummingbird's Ghost has a cream-colored flower with some pink lines on the labellum. It is shockingly bland for a canna. The extra-long stigma made me think of a hummingbird's beak.

Hummingbird's Ghost has narrow blue-green leaves.
Hummingbird's Ghost has narrow blue-green leaves.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Exciting New Seedling

Cream with red center - a seedling of Thai Princess
Cream flower with red center - a seedling of Thai Princess
The red center fades to magenta.
The red center fades to magenta.
Cream with red center - a seedling of Thai Princess
Blue-green leaves with flowers held high

Monday, September 21, 2009

So Orange!

Awesomely orange seedling of Craig's Coral
Awesomely orange seedling of Craig's Coral
Seedling of Craig's Coral
Seedling of Craig's Coral
I'm crazy about orange flowers in the garden.
I'm crazy about orange flowers in the garden.
Solid orange.
Solid orange

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Sugar Lips

Canna seedling 'Sugar Lips'
Canna seedling 'Sugar Lips'

Sugar Lips has pale cream stamanodes (petals) covered with small light pink spots and magenta lines on the labellum (lower petal). The foliage is blue-green. It is from one of Alice Harris's hand-crossed whites seeds. I've decided to plant this one in the ground for further testing.

Sugar Lips hangs out on the patio.
Sugar Lips hangs out on the patio.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Reflexed Flower

Reflexed flower
Reflexed flower

A reflexed flower is one where the petals turn sharply backwards. This is a seedling of Canna 'Thai Princess'. I bought the seeds on eBay.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Introducing Jimmie Jill

Canna 'Jimmie Jill' is a seedling of C. 'Ermine'
Canna 'Jimmie Jill' is a seedling of C. 'Ermine'

I want to name this canna after my sister-in-law, Jill Hill Forbes Fisher. She passed away in 2002. This canna flower is one of her favorite colors and Jill would have loved its playful look.

Jimmie Jill has wide-open apricot pink flowers.
Jimmie Jill has wide-open apricot pink flowers.

I recently noticed that Jimmie Jill has a branching flower stem, so that means more flowers on each stalk. Self-cleaning, too, if the humidity is just right.

Jimmie Jill has wavy green foliage.
Jimmie Jill has wavy green foliage.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Elegant Ermine

Canna 'Ermine'
Canna 'Ermine'

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.
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.

Canna 'Ermine'
Canna 'Ermine'
Posted by Dawn Hill at 10:15 PM
Categories: C. 'Ermine', Flowers, Foliage
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Monday, June 15, 2009

Two New Seedlings Bloom

Bright yellow, orchid-like flowers with pink lines on the lower petal
Bright yellow, orchid-like flowers with pink lines on the lower petal, green foliage
This canna is a seedling of Orange Punch.
This canna is a seedling of Orange Punch.
I just love yellow cannas!
I just love yellow cannas!
Cream colored flowers with pink speckles and lines over blue-green foliage
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.
This seedling is from seeds I got from Alice Harris of Karchesky Canna.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

New Orange Canna Seedling

This canna seedling has spidery orange flowers.
This canna seedling has spidery orange flowers.

Another orange seedling! I like this one very much! The soft orange flowers are about 3 inches across. It seems to be a dwarf with lightly wavy green foliage.

Another canna blooms indoors
Another canna blooms indoors
Slightly wavy foliage similar to C. 'Orange Punch'
Slightly wavy foliage similar to C. 'Orange Punch'

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

Sunday, September 07, 2008

More Cardinal Sinn

Cardinal Sinn has lovely deep green foliage.
Cardinal Sinn has lovely deep green foliage.
Cardinal Sinn starts blooming very young.
Cardinal Sinn starts blooming very young.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Tropicanna Sizzles

Canna 'Tropicanna'
Canna 'Tropicanna'

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

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.

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

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Dawn Pink's Leaf Tips

Canna 'Dawn Pink' has cupped or spooned leaf tips
Canna 'Dawn Pink' has cupped or spooned leaf tips
Posted by Dawn Hill at 11:19 PM
Categories: C. 'Dawn Pink', Foliage
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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.
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'.

Posted by Dawn Hill at 10:10 PM
Categories: C. 'Bangkok', Flowers, Foliage
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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Yellow Futurity Buds

Leaf and buds of Canna 'Yellow Futurity'
Leaf and buds of Canna 'Yellow Futurity'