Yesterday was a beautiful day. Unbroken sunshine, the thermometer reaching 10 C (50F) and no wind, flat calm not a zephyr. The sun felt as if it had some strength in it, spring isn't far away. All this after weeks of low temperatures and hard frosts. Goodness me, how an improvement in the weather can lift the spirits eh.
Here's a curious bit of information for you. If at any time you decide that it is vital you know the sun's precise elevation where you are, then simply point your browser to http://www.timeanddate.com/ and click on the sunrise/sunset calculator, it also tells you the precise length of daylight for each day of the year- really quite addictive. Here in the Dordogne, just shy of the 45th parallel, today is exactly 1 minute and 32 seconds longer than yesterday
With some trepidation I have decided to give my stored Canna tubers a health check. I say with trepidation as I never know what I might find. Maybe they've started to rot! Quelle horreur! Luckily, they haven't. All is well, they're in good shape and here's a pic of one next to the storage bucket which is filled with slightly damp multi purpose compost.
Nine tubers in all, these are the rhizomes of Canna Phasion aka Durban, a medium sized Canna with unusual variegated foliage and bold almost shocking orange flowers. This year I'm going to grow it in the stone planter on the terrace outside La Grande Maison. If you click the picture you can see pink Verbena growing and covering the tub next to the sun lounger, that's where the Canna will be this Summer.
Incidently, If you're into growing the occasional exotic, you really should visit www.cooltropicalplants.com an absolute mine of information and all based around a flourishing tropical garden in Ealing, West London. Yes, Ealing, West London. Also of note is that the garden has been accepted into the UK's National Garden Scheme, no small achievement!