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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 Mystique

September 19, 2014
Canna Mystique

Description – Canna Mystique Canna Mystique is a tall Foliage Group cultivar, with red flowers and dark foliage. Synonyms...
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Canna Puck

September 19, 2014
Canna Puck

Description – Canna Puck Canna Puck is a small Premier Group cultivar, with yellow flowers and green foliage. This...
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Canna speciosa (Roscoe) Hook.

September 19, 2014
canna speciosa

Height: medium Flower: multi-coloured Foliage: green Canna speciosa is a medium sized species; green foliage, large, oval shaped, spreading...
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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 Lenape

September 19, 2014
Canna Lenape

Description – Canna Lenape Canna Lenape is a medium sized Conservatory Group cultivar, with multi-coloured flowers and green foliage....
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Canna Grandiose

September 19, 2014
canna grandiose

Description – Canna Grandiose Canna Grandiose is a tall Crozy Group cultivar, with orange flowers and dark foliage. Synonyms...
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Canna Trent

September 19, 2014
Canna Trent

Height: medium Flower: yellow Foliage: glaucous green Canna Trent is a medium sized aquatic cultivar, equally at home as...
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Canna Wintzer’s Colossal

September 19, 2014
Canna Wintzers Colossal

Height: tall Flower: red Foliage: green Canna Wintzer’s Colossal is a tall Italian Group cultivar; green foliage, ovoid shaped,...
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Canna Compte de Bouchaud

September 19, 2014
Canna Compte de Bouchaud

Description – Canna Compte de Bouchaud Canna Compte de Bouchaud is a medium sized Crozy Group cultivar, with multi-coloured...
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Canna Alice McGuigan

September 19, 2014
canna alice mcguigan

Height: tall Flower: red Foliage: dark Canna Alice McGuigan is a tall Crozy Group cultivar; dark foliage, upright habit;...
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Canna Roma

September 19, 2014
canna roma flowers

Height: tall Flower: multi-coloured Foliage: green Canna Roma is a tall aquatic Italian Group cultivar, equally at home as...
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Canna Teme

September 19, 2014
canna teme

Height: small Flower: white Foliage: glaucous green Canna Teme is a small aquatic cultivar, equally at home as a...
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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...

canna burbank flower

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!...

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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...

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....

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Bloggers wanted

Bloggers wanted to help keep the site interesting and current. If you have ideas for, or have written an article on cannas or any associated subject, then why not become a Contributor or Author on this site and publish your own articles? Email Us Canna News – Bloggers wanted So, what is the difference...


Canna origin by mutation

Species and Varieties, their Origin by Mutation As an illustrative example I will take the genus Canna origin. Originally cultivated for its large and bright foliage only, it has since become a flowering plant of value. Our garden strains have originated by the crossing of a number of introduced wild species, among which the...


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...

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Marcelle Sheppard

Although best known for her Crimum cultivars, over the years Mrs Marcelle Sheppard has also hybridized a number of winning Cannas. One of the most exciting to look at is C. ‘Zulu Rouge’ with its dark (almost brown-black) foliage and bright red flowers. Many of Mrs Sheppard’s cultivars were distributed over the years by...

Over wintering cannas

Over wintering cannas

Over wintering cannas has been the source of much invention over the century, or so. So, let us look at facts. A rhizome is not a bulb. In botany, a rhizome is a horizontal stem of a plant that is usually found underground, and in Canna sending out roots and shoots from its nodes....

canna roma

Canna Roma

The purpose of this article is to tie a firm identity to the poor orphan “yellow with orange blobs” that has wandered around the Canna scene for decades, adopting the identities of many other cultivars and causing general frustration. This is a splendid cultivar, prolific and vigorous. It is a pleasure to grow and...


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Poem: My little satnav

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


Income tax return

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 advice

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

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Tree of wealth

These are possibly the 5 best wealth sentences you’ll ever read: You cannot legislate...


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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Subject: Not pig farming

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


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