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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
Pollination

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 City of Portland

March 29, 2014
Canna City of Portland

Description – Canna City of Portland Canna City of Portland is a medium sized Crozy Group cultivar, with pink...
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Canna Golden Lucifer

March 29, 2014
Canna Golden Lucifer

Description – Canna Golden Lucifer Canna Golden Lucifer is a small Crozy Group cultivar, with yellow flowers and green...
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Canna Hallow

March 29, 2014
Canna Hallow

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

March 28, 2014
Canna Madeira

Description – Canna Madeira Canna Madeira is a medium sized Crozy Groupcultivar, with multi-coloured flowers and green foliage. One...
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Canna Falstaff

March 28, 2014
Canna Falstaff

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

March 28, 2014
Canna Henri Cohn

Description – Canna Henri Cohn Canna Henri Cohn is a medium sized Crozy Group cultivar, with pink flowers and...
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Canna Chaumes

March 28, 2014
Canna Chaumes

Description – Canna Chaumes Canna Chaumes is a small Premier Group cultivar, with yellow flowers and green foliage. Synonyms...
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Canna Porcelain Petals

March 28, 2014
canna porcelain petals flower

Canna ‘Porcelain Petals’ (Premier Group) ORIGIN J.K. Johnson, USA HEIGHT Small, under 1 metre FOLIAGE Green FORM Upright FLOWER...
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Canna coccinea Mill.

March 28, 2014
Canna coccinea Mill.

Canna coccinea is a small wild species; green foliage, oval shaped, branching habit; flowers are erect, self-coloured scarlet, staminodes...
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Canna Croome

March 28, 2014
Canna Croome

Description – Canna Croome Canna Croome is a medium sized Premier Group cultivar, with pink flowers and green foliage....
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Canna Gladstone

March 28, 2014

Height: small Flower: multi-coloured Foliage: dark green Canna Gladstone is a small Crozy Group cultivar; dark green foliage, ovoid...
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Canna Félix Ragot

March 28, 2014
Canna Félix Ragot

Description – Canna Félix Ragot Canna Félix Ragot is a small Italian Group/Aquatic Group cultivar, with yellow flowers and...
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Canna Ludlow

March 28, 2014
Canna Ludlow

Description – Canna Ludlow Canna Ludlow is a medium sized Premier Group cultivar, with yellow flowers and green foliage....
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Canna (Crozy Group) 'Percy Lancaster', Sydney Percy-Lancaster

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...

Canna rhizomes

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....

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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...

Capricornia

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...

Antoine Wintzer talks to us over the years

Antoine Wintzer talks to us over the years

MY EXPERIENCE IN HYBRIDIZING CANNAS By Antoine Wintzer, West Grove, Pa. It is about nine years since the writer first commenced to experiment with cannas, with the object of improving the strain and creating some new and desirable varieties, suitable for our trying climate. At that time we depended almost entirely on the skill...

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How soil acidity affects minerals

At Claines Canna we are getting ready for the great moment when we can start planting out the Canna collection and the hundreds of seedlings we normally grow. Once again we will be checking that the soil acidity level is right, as this has a large impact on the ability of the soil to...

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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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What is man’s best friend?

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 stuttgart foliage

Botanical terminology

I have been asked by someone who is an experienced gardener, to explain the botanical terminology used when discussing species and cultivars. As she says, “I never needed to know about them when I was digging! Now I’m more interested in the theory, but it’s confusing, and, why are some of the terms interchangeable?”...

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Canna Rosamond Cole contradictions

It is obvious when you look at the article for Canna Rosamond Cole that something basic is wrong. The first picture shows a Crozy Group canna, and then you look at the second picture and it is immediately obvious that it is an Italian Group canna. The only similarity is that they have similar colours...

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Growing from canna seeds

For those who have not grown Canna from seed before, from Autumn onwards may be a good time to start giving it some thought. The best time to plant the canna seeds is dependant on the facilities that you have available. If you have access to a propagator or heated greenhouse then seed can...

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...

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Canna polyploidy

Canna polyploidy is little understood, and this article attempts to provide a basic overview of the subject. Each cell of a canna plant naturally has 18 chromosomes, or 9 pairs. These plants with their paired chromosomes are termed diploid, from the Greek word for “double”. The pollen and ovules, are formed through a process...

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A winter green manure

The question was whether a winter green manure crop would help. Each year at Claines Canna we grow our Cannas in the same beds, heavily fertilized with horse and chicken manure. Reflecting on this we have started to become concerned that our Cannas, a vegetable crop in some countries, is running the risk of...

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Naming cannas

 To an enquiry on the International Canna Group, David Clulow responded with the following rules for correctly naming plants, which I have changed to reflect the Canna genus. The genus name is always capitalized and in italics. i.e. Canna Wild species names MUST start with a lower case letter and are in italics i.e....

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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):...

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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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How taxes work

I am recounting an American story on how taxes work, but it’s every bit...

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New Health Care Plan for the Elderly

You’re a sick senior citizen and the government says they are going to sell...

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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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Poem: My little satnav

I have a little Satnav, It sits there in my car; A Satnav is...

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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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