Seeing Spots before my eyes

1-Canana Flamboyant Beauty

Last Summer I noticed this spotted canna at my neighbor’s front step. When I exclaimed over its rear freckled beauty, the neighbors explained that they had brought the rhizomes in from their home in Sudan. The rhizomes had to stay in quarantine for 6 months before they were allowed into the US now this beauty is flourishing in California. Flourishing so much they had to separate them, so it is I was given a few baby plants. This is the first to bloom for me. I had to twist and bend to get in close for these shots. Which do you prefer?

2-Canna into the eye
3 Cana folds
3 Cana folds

Old Farmers Almanac: 

Cannas are among the most colorful summer bulbs—as flamboyant as their tropical American ancestry—with ruffled spikes tapering to refined buds.

These perennials come in a vast variety of color and boast immense, often-veined, paddle-shaped leaves and sheathing leafstalks in shades of green or bronze.

With their great reedy canes and palmy foliage, cannas would be magnificent even if they never bloomed. However, they keep blossoming from late spring or early summer to frost.

Turn-of-the-century gardeners so loved cannas that they grew them from seed but this isn’t easy; better to leave propagation to experts and buy the tubers.


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24 thoughts

  1. Dear Carol,
    picture number two shines the most to me.
    And now I have something else to add: The hummingbird I saw in nature visited a canna plant!!
    Many blessings to you ❤


  2. Cannas are lovely and bizarre, and your take really makes them otherworldly and sensual. I’m going with your second one, the closeup that is most pleasingly composed and abstract and inviting to enter. Wish it had a wee bit more clarity, though, as the third does. Nice to make your virtual iPhone acquaintance, Carol.


    1. I’m pleased that anything was in focus since I was leaning way over and the wind was blowing. Thanks for your comment 🙂
      Hi Jann, Iphones do open up wonderful world of possibilities.


  3. It´s beautiful flower… it must be dominating in your garden :-)…I´ve never seen this flower with such big blooms, I know only with smaller ones..have a happy july with colorful garden 🙂


  4. Wow!! Should be enough said, but you know me. lol
    There all beautiful photos. Really like the first one. My Canna’s didn’t do to well this year. We have had plenty of rain and beautiful weather here but I think the past two summers stressed them and it’s going to take some time for them to recover.
    Speaking of Oklahoma weather, this week we have been in the 70’s for high’s. Very, very, very unusual for mid July here. Loving it though. but . . . . . the heat will return starting this weekend. Again, beautiful pictures of one of my favorite plants.



  5. Carol, I like all three photos, truth be told. Of the macros, I think I prefer the first but why I can’t say. You’ll have to settle for “They’re all beautiful.” Could be worse. 🙂



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