While moving pictures from my old computer, I came across this one from July 14, 2008 - less than 2 years ago:
Remember this albino foliage when I brought my containers out?
I am thoroughly disappointed with that Elephant Ear collection I bought from Breck's.
Here is the enticing ad pic:
Here is the reality. This is Hilo Beauty.
It's says it's a robust grower reaching 24-36 inches tall and spreads 3 - 5 feet. Oh, by the way, Hilo Beauty is the plant in the front, not the one with all that lovely green foliage--that's a dahlia.
Can't see it? Well, get your magnifying glass out and hold it over that tiny purple blob near the right edge.
Just like Hilo Beauty, this Black Magic Elephant Ear has been growing for over a month:
Here is Black Magic's picture in the ad:
I think it's ridiculous to receive something this tiny without being told that is what they were sending.
The ad for the collection as a whole reads:
"Breathtaking in stature. Exotic Elephant Ears are beloved for foliage that is so astonishingly immense, you can practically hide among them."
Hmmmm....maybe if you're a slug.
Or have a decade to wait.
I am not feeling any warm fuzzies toward Breck's right now.
On a more positive note, I am liking the color formation of this canna leaf.
Pretty interesting coloration, in my humble opinion. I can't wait to see the flower. Every year it looks a bit different. I bought this one at a bargain price at a chain store and have been thoroughly enchanted with it ever since.