Monday, October 12, 2009
The Hummingbird's Ghost
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.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Exciting New Seedling
Cream flower with red center - a seedling of Thai Princess
The red center fades to magenta.
Blue-green leaves with flowers held high
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Enormous dark pink flowers distinguish this seedling of Madame Butterfly.
This canna is from a seed I got from Sherry.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Pink and Yellow
Pink and yellow flowered seedling of Canna 'China Doll'
The seed for this canna came from Sherry.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Awesomely orange seedling of Craig's Coral
Seedling of Craig's Coral
I'm crazy about orange flowers in the garden.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Sugar Lips Is Ready For Her Close-up
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
Sunday, August 02, 2009
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.
Friday, July 31, 2009
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'
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.
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.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
This seedling of Canna 'China Doll' is the first of my 2009 seedlings to bloom!
These seeds came from Sherry.
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
More Orange From Grackleflap
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.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Two New Seedlings Bloom
Bright yellow, orchid-like flowers with pink lines on the lower petal, green foliage
This canna is a seedling of Orange Punch.
I just love yellow cannas!
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.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Homemade Upside Down Tomato
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.
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.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Dazzler Gaillardia With Canna Seedlings
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.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Up, Up and Away!
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
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
Leaf lettuce and Erodium 'Sweetheart' - 2/6/09
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Canna Seeds Sprout
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 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.
Don't sand off too much. The seed could be damaged by excess grinding.
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.
Thursday, January 01, 2009
New Orange Canna Seedling
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
Slightly wavy foliage similar to C. 'Orange Punch'