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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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Canna plants for sale

March 26, 2014
Canna plants for sale

After a great growing year in 2013, we now find that we have canna plants for sale, and any-one interested in buying virus-free, healthy, growing canna plants can buy their fill. These are not little, dry rhizomes, but health, vibrant rhizomes that have sprouted new growth. This means that you are not gambling that...
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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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Hart Canna at RHS Malvern Gardening Show

May 10, 2013
Malvern Garden Show

Once again Hart Canna have a stand at the RHS Malvern Spring Gardening Show.  They are taking with them for sale many glorious varieties of cannas and both growing plants and rhizomes are available for sale. For those who have not visited the Malvern shoiw, you simply don’t know what you are missing. Many...
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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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Canna Italia

March 29, 2014
canna italia in Italian Group

Height: medium Flower: multi-coloured Foliage: green Canna Italia is a medium sized Italian Group cultivar; green foliage, oval shaped,...
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Canna glauca var. glauca L.

March 29, 2014
canna glauca flower

Height: medium Flower: yellow Foliage: glaucous green Canna glauca is a medium sized aquatic species, equally at home as...
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Canna Hilary Owens

March 29, 2014
canna hilary owens

Canna Hilary Owens (Premier Group) ORIGIN Dalebö, England, 2006 HEIGHT Small, under 1 metre FOLIAGE Green FORM Branching FLOWER...
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Canna Sunbeams

March 29, 2014
canna sunbeams

Height: medium Flower: multi-coloured Foliage: green Canna Sunbeams is a medium sized Crozy Group cultivar; green foliage, oblong shaped,...
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Canna Vermilion

March 29, 2014
Canna 'Vermilion'

Height: medium Flower: red Foliage: bronze Canna Vermilion is a medium sized Crozy Group cultivar; bronze foliage, oval shaped,...
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Canna Oberon

March 29, 2014
Canna Oberon

Description – Canna Oberon Canna Oberon is a Miniature Group cultivar, with orange flowers and green foliage. Synonyms None...
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Canna jacobiniflora T. Koyama & Nb. Tanaka

March 29, 2014
canna jacobiniflora flower

Height: giant Flower: red Foliage: green Canna jacobiniflora is a giant species, growing to 3m (9’9″); green foliage, small,...
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Canna Baby Pink

March 29, 2014
Canna Baby Pink

Description – Canna Baby Pink Canna Baby Pink is a small Crozy Group cultivar, with pink flowers and dark...
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Canna Bonnezeaux

March 29, 2014
Canna Bonnezeaux

Description – Canna Bonnezeaux Canna Bonnezeaux is a medium sized Crozy Group cultivar, with yellow flowers and green foliage....
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Canna Alice

March 29, 2014
Canna Alice

Description – Canna Alice Canna Alice is a medium sized Crozy Group cultivar, with multi-coloured flowers and green foliage....
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Canna Mystique

March 29, 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 Dr Nansen

March 29, 2014
canna dr nansen

Height: medium Flower: cream Foliage: green Canna Dr Nansen is a medium sized heritage Crozy Group cultivar; green foliage,...
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Canna Africa

March 29, 2014
Canna Africa flower

Description – Canna Africa Canna Africa is a tall Italian Group cultivar, with red flowers and dark foliage. Research...
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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...

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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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Star of the day: Canna Salmon Gladdy

The Canna blooming season is well under way in the Southern Hemisphere so to cheer up those Canna enthusiasts who are now in the grip of winter, I’ll regularly share photos of those cannas that are looking particularly outstanding right now in my garden in south eastern Australia. Canna Salmon Gladdy is a recent hybrid...

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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...


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...


Why more aquatic cannas?

In 2002 I built a small pond in the rear garden in which to grow aquatic cannas, and its dimensions are about 2 metres by 1 metre. Not very large, but in keeping with the size of the surrounding garden. This is typical of garden ponds in the UK, some where for a couple...

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Elegant New Life For Gaudy Canna

Elegant New Life For Gaudy Canna By LINDA YANG Published: August 22, 1991 The New York Times Archives THE stately canna — pride of gas stations, municipal buildings and (horror of horrors) Victorian planting beds — has long languished under its stereotyped image. For half a century, and then some, these towering tropical plants,...

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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...

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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...

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Breeder: Sydney Percy-Lancaster

Sydney Percy-Lancaster, F.L.S., F.R.H.S., M.R.A.S. was born on 19 July 1886 at Meerut, India. His father, Percy Lancaster, was a banker and a talented amateur gardener, who went on to become the Secretary of the Agri Horticultural Society of India in Calcutta, India.  Career In 1902 Sydney Percy-Lancaster was apprenticed to the Agri-Horticultural Society...

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Forcing canna rhizomes

If summer flowering Cannas are forced, the flowers will appear earlier than they would if planted outdoors and left to nature. Forcing Canna rhizomes is done by exposing the rhizomes to controlled temperatures. So, when you buy new rhizomes this is the way to get the best from them during that tricky first season....


Rozain-Boucharlat nursery

Originally founded in 1830, by the early 20th century the Rozain-Boucharlat establishment was one of the world’s most prolific hybridists. Their nursery at Cuire-les-Lyon, France was the origin of many canna cultivars. The companies catalogue of the year 1910 documented 110 canna varieties, many of them being their own creations. One of their principal...


Star of the day: Canna Capricornia (syn. Souvenir d’Asa Gray?)

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