Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Pink Canna

When I read Mrs. Greenthumbs, she insisted that all daylilies are orange, no matter the advances in breeding or the pretty catalog pictures. I believed her then, but I’ve since found daylilies in shades without a bit of orange in them. (Not that I have anything against orange. I adore the color.) When I found pink cannas for sale, I was a little more willing to believe that the pictured pink flower was true to life. If daylilies can be lavender, can’t a canna be pink?

You can judge for yourself. It is definitely more orange than the package picture, but you could call it pink. Perhaps “salmon” would be a more accurate description. Not that I mind – I love orange.

City of Portland Canna

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Anonymous marye said...

aha! Truth in advertsing...computer enhanced top models, cannas, what next?
The cannas are beautiful though!

6:11 AM  
Blogger LostRoses said...

Yeah, salmon for sure, but that's pretty close to pink. When Mrs. Greenthumbs wrote that about daylilies almost 15 years ago I agreed with her then too, but not now. I've never seen so many colorful daylilies as are shown now on many garden bloggers' pages!

9:25 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

I have some very similar canna...and I am not an orange lover. Every year I tell myself to pass them along to a few friends who would appreciate them but I forget while they're dormant and then I'm back to square one...

9:47 PM  
Blogger Annie in Austin said...

I've got City of Portland, too - and think it looks pinky-coral in my very alkaline-soil garden.

Twenty years ago you could get wonderful colors by ordering from daylily growers, but in the book Mrs Greenthumbs bought a mail-order assortment, not specific named daylilies... how much you want to bet that doing that now will still get mostly orange?

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

7:07 PM  
Blogger Wicked Gardener said...

I planted a bag-o-canna this year and was hoping for some pink ones, but the closest I got was a coral color similar to yours. Do they come in pink?

7:09 PM  
Blogger Kasmira said...

Annie - I bought a daylily assortment, and most of them are yellow-orange, but there were a few gems in there.

Wicked - I think this is as pink as cannas get. I'm no expert, though. These are the first I've grown.

5:58 AM  
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10:47 AM  
Blogger KC MO Garden Guy said...

That happens alot it seems. They all try and streach the truth and we fall for it. Several years ago I bought an iris that was said to be black. The first year I that looks black but every year since it has gotten a little more blue. Somewhere I read that it does depend on the type of soil you have as to what color the flower will be. I do beleive they were talking about iris color, so maybe it goes the same for other plants also. Thanks for sharing and Happy Garidening!!

1:50 PM  
Blogger Zoey said...

Orange? Pink? Whatever. It's a lovely color of canna.

3:37 PM  
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5:24 PM  
Blogger phempton said...

Hey from Seattle. Great blog Kasmira. I also got lost surfing through your Flickr photos! Love your style and zeal for gardening.

Would love a link back, but I'm puttin' you on my site anyway!

Patrick - IHeartGardening

5:27 PM  
Blogger EAL said...

Ah, the elusive pink canna. They are few and far between.

6:24 PM  
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