Dr. Joan Bushwell's Chimpanzee Refuge

Friday Flower Porn: Carnivale!

Strap a thong bikini on this baby, cue the sultry bossa nova stylin’s of “The Girl from Ipanema,” then sit back and sip your caipirinhas.

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Canna lilies are a familiar cultivar in many gardens, and add a tropical flair in temperate climates. They belong to the family Cannaceae and are its sole genus. Cannas, which are not true lilies, are in the order Zingiberales which includes ginger and banana plants.

Comments

  1. #1 Suesquatch
    November 10, 2006

    I love cannas and glads and dahlias, but I’m too lazy to dig ‘em up every fall.

  2. #2 Jim
    November 10, 2006

    In that case, just treat them as annuals!

    I plant some glads every Spring for my wife but next year their usual spot will be holding some new strawberry plants.

  3. #3 Doc Bushwell
    November 10, 2006

    Likewise, I plant caladium bulbs in pots and treat them as annuals. I once attempted digging and overwintering the bulbs in the basement, but this was an experiment which failed utterly. So I now fork out a bit of cash every spring for new bulbs.

  4. #4 Suesquatch
    November 10, 2006

    I once overwintered bulbs in my refrigerator’s crisper. My brother thought they were shallots and used them for an omelotte. Tweren’t too tasty.

  5. #5 John
    November 13, 2007

    I grow several varieties of cannas in my south-facing patio garden on the dock waterside in the centre of Bristol. I grow them in pots, sunk into the ground. Each November, I split and cut back the ?corms and re-bury to overwinter outside. They seem to be hardy and do very well every year.