A little over a year ago I visited a friend in New Orleans. I came back with a bag full of plants and lots of seeds, including several handfuls of Canna indica seeds gathered in the lush, overgrown backyard of the building where she was living at the time. In late winter I planted them in a pot and kept them warm and moist on the window sill along with the other seeds I was sowing. Nothing happened. Everything else germinated, but not the Canna seeds. Eventually, some time in early June, I gave up and threw the contents of the pot onto one of the raised beds. Lo and behold, in late July a little seedling finally appeared between the eggplants. Once it had a few leaves I potted it up and brought it to the balcony, and in October it moved to its winter quarters in the sun room. Shortly afterwards it began to send up further shoots from its expanding rhizome - there are three so far! - and today it opened its first flower. I was expecting the typical orange-red most common in the wild form but instead got a lovely bright yellow with striking red leopard flecks on some of the petals.
My Canna indica seedling blooming for the first time
The sun room is looking nice and lush otherwise as well. Here is a quick look around:
One day I will figure out some elegant way to cover up the space below the plant benches. Maybe I can grow enough trailing plants to curtain at least a good part of it. Then again, their pots would take up a lot of space on the benches themselves...