Cannas

canna

I wrote recently about hostas, those garden-foliage favorites with dull purple flowers, and how dull they are.

 

 

Cannas are the opposite of hostas. They are the opposite of dull and ordinary. They are exciting and unusual.

 

 

I first saw them growing alongside my grandmother’s house in Selleck, Washington, back in the 1960s. I found them unbelievable: five-foot stalks with blazing crimson flowers, and gorgeous dark-green foliage.

 

 

They are huge and dramatic, and what’s the matter with a little drama in the summertime? They also seem to grow easily; I see them in sidewalk pots all over the city of Providence.

 

 

They always make me smile when I see them. Here, in Providence’s Wayland Square, merchants put them in pots, and they thrive.

 

 

They are the torches of summertime.

 

 

Rejoice in them.


 

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About Loren Williams
Gay, partnered, living in Providence, working at a local university. Loves: books, movies, TV. Comments and recriminations can be sent to futureworld@cox.net.

3 Responses to Cannas

  1. “Tropicalismo!”

  2. starproms says:

    Yes Loren, they are gorgeous, aren’t they. I don’t see so many over here. I guess they’re hiding deep within people’s gardens, protected! but I’ve seen them on gardening programmes and they are very dramatic. I love dramatic colours too.

    • They don’t seem to be difficult to grow – people have them in big pots here, and if my grandmother could grow them, they must be easy. But they’re big, and you have to have room for them.

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