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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

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Deep Pink

Enormous dark pink flowers distinguish this seedling of Madame Butterfly.
Enormous dark pink flowers distinguish this seedling of Madame Butterfly.
This canna is from a seed I got from Sherry.
This canna is from a seed I got from Sherry.
Posted by Dawn Hill at 1:02 AM
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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Pink and Yellow

Pink and yellow flowered seedling of Canna 'China Doll'
Pink and yellow flowered seedling of Canna 'China Doll'
The seed for this canna came from Sherry.
The seed for this canna came from Sherry.
Posted by Dawn Hill at 1:17 AM
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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, September 20, 2009

Sugar Lips Is Ready For Her Close-up

Sugar Lips' flowers are covered with pink spots.
Sugar Lips' flowers are covered with pink spots.

The cannas are beginning their Fall show here, although our weather is still quite hot. These two seedlings are interesting because their color is more nuanced than most cannas. You have to be really close to see the beautiful blending of color inside the flower.

Unnamed seedling of Madame Butterfly
Unnamed seedling of Madame Butterfly
Posted by Dawn Hill at 6:53 PM
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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.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

First Bloom

This seedling of Canna 'China Doll' is the first of my 2009 seedlings to bloom!
This seedling of Canna 'China Doll' is the first of my 2009 seedlings to bloom!

These seeds came from Sherry.

Posted by Dawn Hill at 11:37 PM
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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

More Orange From Grackleflap

Grackleflap has small orange flowers.
Grackleflap has small orange flowers.

I really love the foliage of this canna seedling. I want to find out how tall it will grow and if it will create seeds. I've decided to plant him in the pathway garden.

Grackleflap is a 2008 seedling.
Grackleflap is a 2008 seedling.
Posted by Dawn Hill at 10:10 PM
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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.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Homemade Upside Down Tomato

This awesome project was practically free!
This awesome project was practically free!

Needed for this project:

  • Plastic reusable shopping bag. I got mine free from the local Vons store.
  • Plastic lid - from the recycle bin.
  • Tomato plant - I used an un-deployed Juliet tomato (grape) that I grew from seed.
  • Potting soil. Used SuperSoil - not free, but on hand.

Directions: Cut an "X" in the bottom of the bag. Cut the lid to make collar (below). Remove tomato plant from pot. Put collar around base of plant at soil level. Carefully feed the leaves of the plant through the "X". Fill bag with potting soil. Hang by handles and water. Stand back or you'll get wet!

Place this collar around the base of the plant.
Place this collar around the base of the plant.
Cut an
Cut an "X" in the bottom of the bag and feed the tomato plant through from the inside.
The collar will prevent excess soil loss.
The collar will prevent excess soil loss.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Dazzler Gaillardia With Canna Seedlings

I'm definitely dazzled by Dazzler
I'm definitely dazzled by Dazzler

This is the first bloom of Gaillardia 'Dazzler' - who I grew from seeds. I have five of them in my rose garden and gave some to my Mom, too. They are supposed to be different colors. We shall see.

Notice the canna seedlings in 6" pots in the background. They are coming along nicely, already showing their own personalities. Some are shooting straight up. Others are short with curly leaves. Cute. It is a joy to watch them grow and develop.

Posted by Dawn Hill at 11:21 PM
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Monday, February 16, 2009

Up, Up and Away!

Canna seedlings, 2/15/09
Canna seedlings, 2/15/09

It's been nine days since I posted a photo of the seedlings. It sure seems like they are rocketing skyward. I will pot up the larger ones in a week or so.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Seedlings Progress

Canna seedlings - 2/6/09
Canna seedlings - 2/6/09

Only about half of the canna seeds in this tray have germinated, but never give up easily. Some may take three or four weeks to come up.

Dill and cilantro - 2/6/09
Dill and cilantro - 2/6/09
Leaf lettuce and Erodium 'Sweetheart' - 2/6/09
Leaf lettuce and Erodium 'Sweetheart' - 2/6/09

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Canna Seeds Sprout

Baby cannas emerge.
Baby cannas emerge.

The canna seeds I planted last week began showing sprouts. At first, they are white, but turn completely green before their first day is done.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Starting Canna Seeds

Canna seeds require special preparation before planting.
Canna seeds require special preparation before planting.

Canna seeds have an extremely hard outer skin. It is necessary to open a tiny hole in the skin to let in moisture so the seed can begin to germinate. The method that works for me is needle-nosed pliers and coarse sand paper. Other methods include pet nail nippers and grinding wheels.

Sand off just enough of the dark skin to expose a tiny spot of white.
Sand off just enough of the dark skin to expose a tiny spot of white.

Don't sand off too much. The seed could be damaged by excess grinding.

An empty water bottle makes a good soaking container.
An empty water bottle makes a good soaking container.

Put your seeds in an empty bottle and add about one or two inches of hot (not boiling) water. Using a bottle with a lid prevents irritating spills. After 24 hours of soaking, the seeds are ready to plant.

Add hot water and soak 24 hours.
Add hot water and soak 24 hours.
Posted by Dawn Hill at 7:38 PM
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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'

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

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
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