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Friday, January 09, 2009

Taj Mahal Finishes The Season With A Florish

Canna 'Taj Mahal' up close and personal
Canna 'Taj Mahal' up close and personal

Taj Mahal took off like crazy this fall. She must have appreciated the cooler temperatures! Thinking back, she was the first to bloom in the summer as well. These pictures are from December 1, 2008.

Taj Mahal, 12/1/2008
Taj Mahal, 12/1/2008

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Hanging Out By The Pool With Richard Wallace

Canna 'Richard Wallace'
Canna 'Richard Wallace'

Richard Wallace is a yellow canna with apple green leaves. There are a sprinkling of red dots in the flower's throat. It is a historic canna developed in 1902. It is also a historic canna for me because it was the first canna I brought home in Las Vegas, NV. For a long time, I grew only Richard Wallace and Dawn Pink in large pots next to the swimming pool ladder. Don't be fooled by Richard Wallace's small, brittle rhizomes. He is a vigorous and agressive grower.

Canna 'Richard Wallace' buds are yellow/green.
Canna 'Richard Wallace' buds are yellow/green.

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

Saturday, July 26, 2008

The Diva Cleopatra

Canna 'Cleopatra' continues to amaze.
Canna 'Cleopatra' continues to amaze.
Each flower on Cleopatra can be different.
Each flower on Cleopatra can be different.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Cattleya Blooms

Canna 'Cattleya'
Canna 'Cattleya'

Cattleya is an heirloom canna with a large open flower of yellow, red, and orange.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Canna 'Taj Mahal' Blooms First

'Taj Mahal'  has lovely pink flowers with yellow dots in the throat.
'Taj Mahal' has lovely pink flowers with yellow dots in the throat.

Canna 'Taj Mahal' is a simply beautiful canna. This is my first time to see this canna bloom. I got it kind of late last summer. The leaves are shiney medium green. Taj Mahal is supposed to be a medium-height canna, but started blooming when only about 2 feet tall. Right now I am growing this one in a pot. Too much direct Las Vegas sun scorches the white spot and turns it brown. I'm moving it around trying to find the optimal location.

'Taj Mahal' also has a large white or cream blotch on the back of each petal.
'Taj Mahal' also has a large white or cream blotch on the back of each petal.