Monday, 8 June 2009

Revisiting Canna 'Italia'

I just had to share with you this superb illustration taken from the original May 1898 issue of "The Mayflower",a magazine that I had not heard of before, but which had 273,082 subscribers that is "devoted to the cultivation of flowers and plants, fruits, vegetables, and to gardening and home adornment in general."

The illustration clearly shows the colouring and shows that the labellum (lip) is almost all red and has that distinctive notch in its irregular edge.

Other contents include articles and information on "Evolution of the Canna", "Cannas Austria and Italia". All round, this is an informative 111 year old gardening catalog for those interested in the history of Canna.

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