Phoneography: Autumn Flames

Canna Lear

1-Flaming  Canna Leaf

Succulent ablaze

2-Succulent ablaze

Roger's Red smolders

3-Roger’s Red grape smolders

I went to the internet to find a quote for Autumn flame or flaming and it seems there is a cottage industry of images of bright red and orange foliage. So this week I add my leaves to the pile.  Where I am flaming fall is not a metaphor, with fires burning and temperatures climbing everything seems to be aflame.  I hope my weekly mantra of hot and dry changes soon.

Which images burns brightest for you?

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Phoneography: Up Close With a Flamboyant Beauty

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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Phoneography: Nature Out of Africa

African Cannna

African Canna iPhone 4s August 2013

I was startled last summer by rare beauty of our next door neighbors spotted yellow and red canna. When I admired them they told me how they had brought them back from a trip to their home land of Sudan. The bulbs had to stay in quarantine for a number of months before being allowed in to the US but they are worth it to bring the beauty of the nature of the land they grew up with. I’m pleased that the flowers are thriving as well as our neighbors.

Lens and Pens theme this week is the Exhilaration of Nature.