Cannas are indispensable in a subtropical garden because their foliage is so splendid. They aren’t necessarily grown for their flowers, but when they arrive, late in the season, they are a bonus. With some varieties, such as the very large canna musifolia, the flowers may never arrive at all in our climate. So it’s especially pleasing when, in a very average summer, cannas start to produce their flowers early. This photo, taken yesterday, is of a dark-leaved variety interplanted with the dark banana leaves of ensette murillii. I’ve never known a canna to come into flower so early in the season before. Why this should be, I’ve no idea.
The idea of Slow Life is to take the principles of Slow Food, which are “good, clean and fair”, and extend them to life in general.
Here in the Lake District, the air is clean, the pace is slow and the atmosphere is calm. If we don’t grow food ourselves, we can buy it in friendly small shops, where you know the quality is going to be the best.
This blog is a celebration of the Slow Life, with forays into the world of design, music, the arts, gardens, and my particular weakness, Japan.