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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 Panache

September 19, 2014
Canna Panache

Description – Canna Panache Canna Panache is a medium sized Aquatic Group cultivar, with pink flowers and green foliage....
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Canna Saladin

September 19, 2014
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Height: medium Flower: pink Foliage: bronze A medium sized Crozy Group cultivar; bronze foliage, oval shaped, maroon margin, upright...
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Canna Abraham Lincoln

September 19, 2014
Canna Abraham Lincoln

Description – Canna Abraham Lincoln Canna Abraham Lincoln is a medium sized Crozy Group cultivar, with red flowers and variegated...
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Canna May Vince

September 19, 2014
Canna May Vince

Description – Canna May Vince Canna May Vince is a medium sized Crozy Group cultivar, with multi-coloured flowers and...
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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 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 New Red

September 19, 2014
canna new red flower

Height: medium Flower: red Foliage: dark Canna New Red is a medium sized chimeric Italian Group cultivar; dark foliage, large,...
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Canna Liberation

September 19, 2014
Canna Liberation

Description – Canna Liberation Canna Libération is a medium sized Italian Group cultivar, with orange flowers and green foliage....
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Canna Torchlight

September 19, 2014
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Canna ‘Torchlight’ (Foliage Group) ORIGIN J.K. Johnson, USA PARENTAGE indica x indica var. Lumbautum HEIGHT Medium, 1-2 metres FOLIAGE...
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Canna India Prince

September 19, 2014
Canna India Prince

Description – Canna India Prince Canna India Prince is a small Foliage Group cultivar, with red flowers and green...
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Canna Bevere

September 19, 2014
Canna Bevere

Description – Canna Bevere Canna Bevere is a small Premier Group cultivar, with multi-coloured flowers and green foliage. Synonyms...
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Canna Chouchou

September 19, 2014
Canna Chouchou

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

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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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