Amongst the plants I collected from Mums was a CANNA LILY I had forgotten all about (Me? Never!)
It was given to me last year by an old chap who had grown a whole bunch of different varieties and was trying to shift his wares at the local car boot. Unfortunately, as there were no labels in any of his plants, no sign of buds or colour and with a minimum price tag of £15, you can imagine that they were nigh on impossible to shift.
He told me that this one was one of his favourites ‘Red Russian’ having never grown a CALLA LILY before I was excited to give it a try.
I followed his instructions, dutifully potted it on, fed it the right type of food, but by the end of the Summer all I had was a pot with beautiful green foliage – not even a bud in sight (I was at the point rather relieved that I didn’t have to pay the £15 for the privilege of leaves!)
So, with a heavy heart I stored it in Mums greenhouse over winter and due to it not being the ultimate show-stopper I had hoped for, completely forgot about it!
After looking at it for the last couple of days and fearing that the thing was probably dead, I decided to have a look and see what was occurring.
Not the most inspiring looking plant in the World, eh?
On tipping it out, my hopes weren’t raised remotely – at this point I had convinced myself it was a Dodo!
As it usually the case with me, curiosity got the better of me and I started having a good old dig round in the roots – and look what I found!!!!!
Now happily sat in a couple of inches of water in a bowl, I will pot her up and put her in my container garden and keep my fingers crossed.
Especially if she turns out like this!!!!!