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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Vegetables Return To Canna Land

Poolside bed with leaf lettuce, dill and cilantro
Poolside bed with leaf lettuce, dill and cilantro

The poolside bed has been planted with canna rhizomes. They are starting to sprout! Before planting I dug out the soil and installed a plastic liner next to the block wall. This is meant to keep my water in my canna bed. I interplanted with leaf lettuce, dill 'Bouquet' and cilantro 'Santos'. This is an experiment to see if the salad will have time to grow before the cannas shade it out. Stay tuned.

Martino's Roma - heirloom tomato
Martino's Roma - heirloom tomato

Tomatoes have returned to Canna Land as well. The two varieties pictured here are planted in the pathway garden bed. The day after I set them out we had horrific wind, but they seem to have overcome.

Marvel Stripe - heirloom tomato
Marvel Stripe - heirloom tomato

I collected the seeds for Marvel Stripe from a grocery store tomato. I couldn't believe it when they all came up!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Looking Back, Thinking Ahead

The rampaging Canna 'Omega', 10/31/08
The rampaging Canna 'Omega', 10/31/08

I've been thinking about my planting scheme for the cannas this year. Last year, I put all my tall cannas in the main bed opposite the pool facing west. The short cannas were mostly in pots on the patio. Phase II - along the side of the house facing east - became a mixture of medium, tall, and very tall varieties. All this worked pretty well until late in the season when the sunlight started to hit from a different angle. Then, I had a problem with taller cannas blocking the light to shorter plants. I'm going to try to solve this problem by planting taller to the north and shorter to the south.

Another error I made last year was planting Omega under the drip from the condensation off the heat pump on the roof. It is directed there by a pipe from the roof and Omega took full advantage of it, using the extra moisture to brutally overrun Florence Vaughn and shove the railroad tie out of place. This year I am going to put the lovely Panache under the drip. Omega will find himself in a new location next to the pool.

Sunlight shines through the leaves of Panache (blooming) and Tama Tulipa.
Sunlight shines through the leaves of Panache (blooming) and Tama Tulipa. 10/31/08

Will the vegetables return to Canna Land? I think so. At least two tomato bushes.