Photographed in Cyprus last week in a thriving bed of Cannas, literally only metres away from the sea. This Italian Group specimen has green branching foliage and this distinctive golden yellow throat, speckled with red. The orange-red petals rapidly turn a darker shade of red under the hot Mediterranean sun. I have, as yet, been unable to identify it, but I fell madly in love with it there and then, and the photo on the left taken by Margaret shows me totally besotted by this discovery. (I wish that she has instructed me to breath in first!).
The bed was only a few metres from the sea, and there is no doubt that in stormy weather it is splashed by sea-water. We all know that Canna is a tough old genus, but I never realized that it could tolerate soakings of salt water as well. Has anyone else ever had experience of this? The photograph below is what you see if you stand where I did to photograph the bed, and then do a 180 degree turn around.