So Genevieve Schmidt has managed this week to get hold of some Tropicannas from Tesselaar Plants. We decided to put some in the garden of my friend, painter Linda Mitchell. Her house and painting studio are painted these fabulous, garden-friendly colors, and she's really into wildly-colored foliage (not much of which was in evidence on this early March day, but just wait.)
Here are the three varieties we're trying out:
Tropicanna (original, referred to as "the crazy fuchsia one" in our video)
But first, I had to learn how to act like a Tropicanna. We were trying to decide how a black Tropicanna would look tucked behind a salvia near Linda's front door. We knew they could get to six feet tall, but what would that look like?
Here's Gen showing me how to be a Tropicanna, and me following her instructions, however goofy they may be:
So there you go. It'll look something like that, only without the reading glasses.
Oh, and here's a photo of Linda's studio. As you can tell, she's into COLOR. So this was all about injecting some crazy tropical color whereever we could find a place for it.
Okay! So here's our video. And because planting rhizomes doesn't make for VERY dramatic video, we hammed it up a little bit and tried to act out the part of big, exuberant plants. To the best of our very limited acting abilities. And we have vowed to return in summer, to show you whether or not we have achieved our artistic vision. With tropical cocktails, of course.
And–yes! There are Tropicannas for you! You know the drill. Post a comment, win a Tropicanna bonanza. Go over to Gen's blog and you can do the same there.