The bright leaves of Canna americanallis var. variegata 'Pretoria are just outside the gate, and today when I went to get the mail, I couldn't help but notice the contrast between the leaves of 'Pretoria' and the blue lacecaps of Hydrangea macrophylla 'Blaumeise'. This is perhaps my favorite hydrangea - crazy large flowers that in my garden turn a gorgeous cobalt blue.
But this canna! Stunning, and I say that as someone who doesn't particularly like canna - although they have been coming out with pretty incredible ones for awhile now. I have to get over my canna-as-the-insect-riddled-flower-in-the-middle-of-I-95 bias...
Other views of 'Pretoria':
I've missed poetry.
Since the lab's Poet Laureate, Katherine Williams, had to leave the lab during this time of lab warfare, I've missed the infusion of poetry into my weekly routine. So tonight I went in search of poetry on my own (instead of whining about how it isn't fed to me on a plastic spoon) - and I found this beautiful poem, timely given my recent plea for something good to happen. Yes - rest would be nice, wouldn't it? Perhaps a day of rest - with rain - would be just perfect. Is it too much to also ask for rain?