Sunday, 27 December 2009

Canna 'Croome'

A medium sized Premier Group cultivar; dark green foliage, ovoid shaped, branching habit; flowers are open, rose-red and ivory, staminodes are large, edges irregular, petals red, fully self-cleaning, good bloomer; fertile both ways, not self-pollinating or true to type, capsules globose; rhizomes are thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured purple; tillering is average.

Introduced by Malcolm Dalebö, Claines Canna Collection, Worcester, England, EU in 2008. The breeding is C. 'Doreen Morris' x open, and was named for Croome Court, a local country park with glorious gardens.

Croome Park is a landscaped country park surrounding Croome Court, near Besford in Worcestershire, England. It was Lancelot 'Capability' Brown's first complete landscape design, begun in 1751 for George Coventry, 6th Earl of Coventry. The mansion house was also designed by Brown and is a rare example of his architectural work.

Given the overwhelming predominance of Brown's aesthetic in the 18th and 19th centuries, Croome Park has often been described as the single most influential landscape in Europe. Robert Adam and James Wyatt designed temples and follies for the park and surrounding estate.

In 1996 670 acres of the park were acquired by the National Trust, which has undertaken an ambitious restoration.

Croome landscape park is made up of many different buildings, the Court being the central focus. Named "eyecatchers", these buildings are set high on ridges seen from near the court such as Pirton Castle, The Panorama Tower and Dunstall Castle.

Visit Croome Court

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