I first discovered Canna Lilies in Mexico.
I realized later that in Mexico the flowers are spectacular but the leaves are ratty; in Vancouver it’s the opposite – lush foliage and wimpy flowers that melt into slime at the slightest bit of rain. This is my Tropicana canna in early September, it didn’t last…
So now when I buy Cannas I select them for their foliage which comes in exotic colours. I throw them under the deck in the winter and they often survive although not as well as some of my other ‘tropicals’ such as ginger plants and pineapple lilies which actually multiply during the winter months. A portrait of a Canna Lily – it doesn’t vary much from my original sketches. (Acrylic on Masonite with collaged watercolour paper, 30″ x 60″)
Hey Jude’s Garden Photography: A Flower Portrait