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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 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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Canna Alfred Young

September 19, 2014
canna alfred young flower

Height: medium Flower: red Foliage: green Canna Alfred Young is a medium sized Premier Group cultivar; green foliage, oval...
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Canna Cannes

September 19, 2014
Canna Cannes

Description – Canna Cannes Canna Cannes is a medium sized Crozy Group cultivar, with red flowers and green foliage....
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Canna Red King Humbert

September 19, 2014
canna red king humbert

Height: medium Flower: red Foliage: bronze Canna Red King Humbert is a medium sized Italian Group/Chimera Group cultivar; bronze...
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Canna Centenaire de Rozain-Boucharlat

September 19, 2014
canna centenaire de rozain-bourchalet

Height: medium Flower: pink Foliage: green Canna Centenaire de Rozain-Boucharlat is a medium sized Premier Group cultivar; green foliage,...
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Canna Amazement

September 19, 2014
Canna Amazement

Description – Canna Amazement Canna Amazement is a medium sized Crozy Group cultivar, with orange flowers and green foliage....
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Canna John Tulett

September 19, 2014
canna john tulett flower

Height: medium Flower: yellow Foliage: green Canna John Tulett is a medium sized Crozy Group cultivar; green foliage, oblong...
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Canna Breuil

September 19, 2014
Canna Breuil

Description – Canna Breuil Canna Breuil is a medium sized Crozy Group cultivar, with red flowers and green foliage....
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Canna Musafolia Peruviana

September 19, 2014
canna musafolia peruviana

Height: tall Flower: orange Foliage: light green The earliest known book on Canna is “Le Canna” by M. Chaté...
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Canna compacta Roscoe

September 19, 2014
Canna compacta Roscoe

Height: medium Flower: red Foliage: green Canna compacta Roscoe is a medium sized species; green foliage, ovoid shaped, branching...
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Canna Osric

September 19, 2014
Canna Osric

Description – Canna Osric Canna Osric is a small Premier Group cultivar, with pink flowers and green foliage. Synonyms...
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Canna Delaware

September 19, 2014
Canna Deleware

Description – Canna Delaware Canna Delaware is a medium sized Conservatory Group cultivar, with pink flowers and green foliage....
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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...

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...

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....

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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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The Botanical Magazine

From 1787-1800 (Volumes 1-14), William Curtis published The Botanical Magazine. Then, from 1801-1807 (Volumes 15-26), John Sims published Curtis’s Botanical Magazine. The Principal artist for both publishers was Sydenham S. Edwards. The picture on the right is Plate No. 454 from the magazine, and interestingly the textual description accompanying the picture states that the...

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Cannas, ants and aphids

Recently read a study about ants and aphids, and have been musing about how it affects our cannas. I also read an interesting paper, Studies on the relationship of canna mottle virus and its vector myzus persicae, authored by M. Datta-Gupta & S.P. Raychaudhuri in 1975, published in the Indian Journal of Entomology 37(4):...


Five year trek to Terra Ceia Farms

In 1938, Leendert Van Staalduinen, an experienced Dutch bulb farmer, emigrated from Holland with his wife, Cornelia, and their 10 children, determined to found Terra Ceia Farms. The original destination was the small Dutch enclave of Eastern North Carolina known as Terra Ceia. Instead, the family ended up spending 5 years in Hamilton, Ontario,...

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!...

Blast from the past: Cannas in 1895

Blast from the past: Cannas in 1895

The advance of Cannas to the present position as an ornamental plant is one of the marvels of modern horticulture. Unlike the Canna ‘Star of 1891′, which created a sensation when first introduced, Madame Crozy (see print left) still remains among the indispensable varieties, and a large percentage of recent introductions are seedlings or...

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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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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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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Some days you should stay home…

There I was sitting at the bar staring at my drink when a large,...

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The hidden meaning of plant catalogues

Plant catalogues have a language of their own, and this article will initiate you...

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At last an agreed Euro-English

The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official...


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