No matter how far away in time and distance you are from where you spent a lot of the early years of your life, your heart has a connection to that land in a unique way. Though you love your new land, you still cannot break free from those old connections. They gnaw at your heart fondly, tug your heart strings, the tunes of which sound and echo in all you do, bringing harmony and melody in your surrounding.
If you have read some of my previous posts, you will see this message reflecting in many ways, among which tropical gardening is one of the top few. Years back, I never really cared about many of the plants that I am so fond of now, probably because they were freely growing around. One of them are the Canna Lilies which are found in abundance in parks and gardens in a variety of colored foliage and flowers in my home town.
For the past few years, living in my much loved new hometown – California, I long for all things tropical and try to fulfill those yearnings. How about growing some Canna Lilies in my backyard? Of course!! So, now I have Canna Lilies in my flower bed which not only gives the desired beautiful tropical look but also connects my heart to my home country.
I bought a couple of packaged bulbs and planted them in my bed. I find this method cheaper as the cost per potted plant is way more than the packaged ones. Of course, if you want instant gratification, then potted plants is the way to go, provided you don’t mind spending extra bucks.
Growing canna lilies in a group gives that lush tropical feel but make sure you leave some space around them as they reward you with lots and lots of young shoots increasing their population.
Canna lilies don’t ask too much from you – water them regularly, give them sunshine, fertilizing once in a while and they get happy. Deadheading the spent blooms often makes the plant visually appealing and helps produce better blooms. I haven’t even bothered removing the rhizomes in the fall or winter, yet had no problems with them coming back in the spring-thanks to California weather!
As of now, I just have only one kind of canna lilies in my garden which have emerald-green leaves and bright red flowers. Hummingbirds frequently stop by these flowers and drink of its nectar. Now, that’s something that I never considered before and I am loving that these tiny birdies get their natural food without me having to worry about making nectar for them.
I plan on adding more canna lilies next spring in purple, maroon, variegated, and/ bronze leaves and different colored flowers. Till then, I am enjoying the lush beauty of these tropical leaves and bright blooms. And hope you enjoy them either in your garden or here on my post!