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Rosemond Coles mystery solved

September 9, 2014
canna rosemond coles

At long last the great enigma of Canna Rosemond Coles has been solved. The credit for this goes to Kent Kelly, USA, who has been able to establish undeniable proof of its origins, and also confirmation of its naming. Horn Canna Farm, Inc. has been growing and selling cannas since 1928. Following the recent...
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Living in hope

April 18, 2014

Well, it’s another year and after living in hope it’s another disappointment from the Garden Centres and their dry Canna rhizome package sales. This year I only bought 5 packages, and sure enough they were all virus victims. For 12 years we have been crying out for the bulb trade to clean-up its act...
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Hart Canna taking Canna orders

February 23, 2014
canna mary layden flower

I spoke recently to Keith Hayward of Hart Canna, who informed me that they were now taking orders for Canna sales. All rhizomes that they are selling are raised in their own nursery, and are free of canna virus, so this is probably the safest place in the world to buy your Cannas from....
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Kew Temperate House saved for posterity

March 29, 2013
kews temperate house

The world’s largest surviving Victorian glasshouse has been saved from closure after Kew Gardens raised almost £33 million in grants and donations to restore the Kew Temperate House. It had been feared that the Temperate House, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, would have to shut to the public due to health and safety...
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Introducing Canna Fire Torch

March 15, 2013
Canna Fire Torch

Canna Fire Torch is a new Canna cultivar has appeared for sale on EBay, hailing from Thailand the plant is alleged to be a variegated  variation of Canna ‘Orange Punch’. Certainly the flower looks right, as this is a Crozy Group cultivar and not an Italian Group, which is why my first reaction of  it’s...
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More Cannas for sale

March 12, 2013
canna roi humbert

The number of Cannas for sale at Claines Canna has increased, as more pots are processed. The latest additions are: Adolf Ernst, although a heritage cultivar it doesn’t look out of place with modern cultivars Ami Jules Chrétian, a real oldie that stands out. Avon, a new aquatic canna, perfectly at home in the...
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Waiting for warmer weather

February 22, 2013
warmer weather

At Claines Canna we are still waiting for warmer weather. We are almost at the end of February and still the hard winter weather, known as the “Beast from the East” dominates the UK, and in the West Country we are still in the grips of the winter freeze-up. Temperatures at night are still below...
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Canna Website merger

February 15, 2013
eagle flight

As we have not been getting enough Canna material to justify keeping both sites going, we have decided to perform a canna website merger and merge the Canna News web site into this site. Once material that is considered worth keeping has been relocated on this site, the old site and the old Google sites will...
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Bees are urbanites now

February 11, 2013

Bees are urbanites now and are better off in the town than the country, according to new National Trust research that found the insects thrive in urban areas. Researchers in our home city at the University of Worcester analysed the pollen collected by bees from 45 hives on National Trust property around the country....
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That was the year that was 2012

December 30, 2012

The weather in 2012 has been insane. According to the World Meteorological Organisation, there have been so many unprecedented, record-shattering ‘major physical events’ – from the shrinking of the sea-ice, to Hurricane Sandy, to super typhoon Bopha, to last week’s storm in the North East of the US that left 12 dead – that...
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Canna Harmony Thumb

September 21, 2014
canna harmony thumb

Canna ‘Harmony Thumb’ Height: small Flower: pink Foliage: green Description – Canna Harmony Thumb Canna Harmony Thumb is a...
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Canna Purpurea Floribunda

September 19, 2014
Canna Purpurea Floribunda foliage

Canna Purpurea Floribunda syn. indica var. Purpurea (Foliage Group) ORIGIN Crozy, 1887 HEIGHT Tall, 2-3 metres FOLIAGE Purple FORM...
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Canna Droitwich

September 19, 2014
Canna Droitwich

Description – Canna Droitwich Canna Droitwich is a small Crozy Group cultivar, with multi-coloured flowers and green foliage. Synonyms...
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Canna Valbonne

September 19, 2014
canna valbonne

Canna ‘Valbonne’ Height: medium Flower: red Foliage: green Canna Valbonne is a medium sized Crozy Group cultivar; green foliage,...
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Canna Austria

September 19, 2014
canna austria flower

Height: medium Flower: yellow Foliage: green Canna Austria is a medium sized aquatic Italian Group cultivar, equally at home...
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Canna Corsica

September 19, 2014
Canna Corsica

Description – Canna Corsica Canna Corsica is a small Premier Group cultivar, with multi-coloured flowers and green foliage. One...
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Canna Panache Rouge

September 19, 2014
Canna Panache Rouge

Description – Canna Panache Rouge Canna Panache Rouge is a tall Premier Group cultivar, with red flowers and green...
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Canna Borneo

September 19, 2014
Canna Borneo

Description – Canna Borneo Canna Borneo is a medium sized Premier Group cultivar, with pink flowers and dark foliage....
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Canna Charming

September 19, 2014
Canna Charming

Description – Canna Charming Canna Charming is a medium sized Crozy Group cultivar, with yellow flowers and dark foliage....
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Canna Philadelphia

September 19, 2014
canna philadelphia

Height: medium Flower: red Foliage: green Canna Philadelphia is a medium sized Crozy Group cultivar; green foliage, branching habit;...
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Canna Tropical Salmon

September 19, 2014
canna tropical salmon

Height: small Flower: pink Foliage: green Canna Tropical Salmon is a small Miniature Group cultivar; green foliage, oval shaped, spreading...
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Canna Glevum

September 19, 2014
Canna Glevum

Description – Canna Glevum Canna Glevum is a medium sized Crozy Group cultivar, with orange flowers and dark foliage....
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Canna Bavaria

September 19, 2014
canna bavaria

Height: medium Flower: multi-coloured Foliage: green Canna Bavaria is a medium sized aquatic Italian Group cultivar, equally at home...
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Growing from canna seeds

For those who have not grown Canna from seed before, from Autumn onwards may be a good time to start giving it some thought. The best time to plant the canna seeds is dependant on the facilities that you have available. If you have access to a propagator or heated greenhouse then seed can...


Star of the day: Canna Capricornia (syn. Souvenir d’Asa Gray?)

Without a doubt, the most generous blooming, eye-popping Canna I grow is one now being sold in Australia as Canna Capricornia. It was imported from New Zealand and I believe it to be one of the old Bendigo cannas imported to that country from Australia in the 1960s. Many of these cannas from the...

Canna rhizomes

Dry canna rhizomes, judge them after second year

I have sometimes watched as keen gardeners plant their packaged, small dry canna rhizomes in early spring, they grow them on but express disappointment at the end of the season, complaining that while they had grown and flowered, there wasn’t the theatre effect that they had been led to expect from the Canna legend....

Canna Madame Crozy early print

Breeder: Antoine Crozy

In 1862, Pierre-Antoine-Marie Crozy, a partner in Avoux & Crozy, at La Guillotière, Lyon, France introduced his first Canna hybrids, they were C. ‘Bonnetti’, C. ‘Plantieri’ and C. ‘Rodleisii’. They were well received by the enthusiasts of the time, but nothing would have told them what would happen in the following forty years. Monsieur Crozy’s...

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Canna polyploidy

Canna polyploidy is little understood, and this article attempts to provide a basic overview of the subject. Each cell of a canna plant naturally has 18 chromosomes, or 9 pairs. These plants with their paired chromosomes are termed diploid, from the Greek word for “double”. The pollen and ovules, are formed through a process...

People can scarcely believe they are cannas

People can scarcely believe they are cannas

There are few American visitors to London interested in gardening who do not pay a visit to Mr. Cannell’s nurseries at Swanley. It is one of the few great nurseries in this country … Another class of plants in full blow at Swanley is the hybrid Cannas. These are quite new to most people,...


Why more aquatic cannas?

In 2002 I built a small pond in the rear garden in which to grow aquatic cannas, and its dimensions are about 2 metres by 1 metre. Not very large, but in keeping with the size of the surrounding garden. This is typical of garden ponds in the UK, some where for a couple...

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No grubby undies on these

So often we ooh and aah over the big, blowsy, beauties of the Canna world. Granted, they are spectacular, but most of these can look pretty grubby when they are nearing the end of a flowering cycle. Unsightly dead flowers nestle in the heads, detracting from freshly opened blooms. Amongst my favourite cannas are...

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Hard to store cannas overwinter

Another vintage catalogue arrives, and Dreer’s Catalogue of 1937 has an item that I feel I should share, as it is quite interesting, concerning hard to store cannas overwinter. The catalogue had a boxed feature called “Two Sensational Cannas”. It referred to C. ‘Mary Thilow’ and C. ‘Mrs. Pierre S du Pont’. The boxed...

Ehemann’s canna surpasses others

Ehemann’s canna surpasses others

Ehemann’s canna surpasses others in its magnificent proportions, and in the abundance and persistence of its elegantly disposed, showy flowers. No other plant in the garden displays as great luxuriance in one season’s growth. For a mass of it here, twelve feet by forty-five, and now impenetrably thick, and grading from five feet high at...

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What is man’s best friend?

The topic came up recently in conversation, which really is man’s best friend? Straight away the more adrenalin driven friends said that it was the dog. The dog is the only animal that will step in between us and an attacker and lay its life on the line for us, so it must be...

Range of Cannas

The genus is native to tropical and subtropical regions of the New World, and the range goes from the southern United States (southern South Carolina west to southern Texas) and south to northern Argentina. Although all cannas are native to the New World, they have followed mankind’s journeys of discovery and some species are...

You couldn’t invent it!!

You couldn’t invent it!!

Just read an article on the TyTy web site, and after I had finished laughing, I decided that I had to share it with you, as you couldn’t invent it! The article is titled “Review of Victorian Canna Hybrids”. It has a rare distinction, in that every ‘fact’ quoted in the article is incorrect!...

canna flower parts

Canna flower parts

I have been asked to explain the various Canna flower parts parts, and the first thing to do is to explain that the petals aren’t really petals, they are actually infertile stamens that have been adopted to the role. There are two types of these ‘petals’, namely the staminodes and the labellum, which is...

Canna 'Mrs Kate Gray'

Cultivation of Canna

Cannas grow best in full sun with moderate water in well-drained rich or sandy soil. Cannas grow from perennial rhizomes but are frequently grown as annuals in temperate zones for an exotic or tropical look in the garden. In arid regions, cannas are often grown in the water garden, with the lower inch of...


Most canna mutations during the summer months

In biology, mutations are changes to the base pair sequence of the genetic material of a plant. Canna mutations don’t just happen by themselves. The likely stimulants can be caused by copying errors in the genetic material during cell division, by exposure to ultraviolet or ionizing radiation, chemical mutagens, or viruses, or can occur...


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Subject: Not pig farming

Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Nobel House, 17...

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Poem: My little satnav

I have a little Satnav, It sits there in my car; A Satnav is...


How to tell the sex of a bird

This is AMAZING ! At last a way to tell the sex of a...


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Can you believe it? My income tax return form has been sent back to...

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How taxes work

I am recounting an American story on how taxes work, but it’s every bit...

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Poem: alphabet for boomers

The Boomers Alphabet poem: A is for apple, and B is for boat, that...

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Obituary to Common Sense

Obituary printed in the London Times – Interesting and sadly rather true. Today we...

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Bill Gates recently gave a Commencement speech at a High School about 11 things...

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Tree of wealth

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