Friday, September 19, 2008

Shasta Daisy ‘Becky’

Shasta Daisy ‘Becky’
Leucanthemum x superbum 'Becky'
(lew-KANTH-ih-mum) (soo-PER-bum)
Synonyms: Chrysanthemum x superbum, Chrysanthemum maximum

There was a good second flush of blooms on ‘Becky’ after we cut it back. The foliage has seen better days but the flowers are nice. This was the first picture I shot yesterday. The next shot is posted below. I love the fall light for taking flower pictures. It seems to slant down and illuminate the flowers just right.

‘Becky’ is a strong bloomer with big flowers. I posted before that ‘Becky’ might have an unpleasant scent but I didn’t notice it and was only inches away. I am definitely smelling one up close tomorrow.

This is kind of an abstract of Canna x generalis 'Australia'. I might have the opportunity to reshoot this since it is growing in a big container at work. I planted it with an orange flowered variegated type (Canna americanallis var. variegata 'Pretoria') and they mixed very well. There is also CleomeSenorita Rosalita’, Blue Wave Petunias and some golden type of Licorice Plant. 'Australia' is beautiful and has looked good all season. The leaves get really dark, almost black, after they have come out. The flowers are a nice red.

These are the only Cannas that I grew this year. That is down from 100 to 300 in previous years. They hadn’t been performing well, the deer had been eating them and some seemed to have Canna virus.

It did get quite cold here last night, not enough to frost, thankfully. The temperature was 43 deg. F at my house and about 46 at work.


Les said...

The daisy shots are very nice. Do you have Canna Leaf Rollers where you are? They are the only problem we ever have with them, but it is such a problem.

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Hi Les,

We really don't get those, the slugs are what messes up the foliage around here.