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Friday, October 9, 2009

Winter prep in the Garden!

Its time to cut back overgrown cannas, banana, or other bloomed out herbaceous perennials. You can then mulch them for winter.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

A rainy season.

With such a rain summer season we have a had an explosion of growth. The shiso are as large as shrubs and about 4 feet tall!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Heat, Humidity, and Rain

The much appreciated rain has created a very lush yard and garden. Cannas, bananas, and the vegetable garden are all very productive this season. The rain barrels that I have purchased from the city have save much, too.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

That bloomin' Banana

The banana, after two winters of wrapping it in Christmas lights, has finally started to produce a bud! I noticed a "flag" leaf comming out a few weeks ago. The flag is a small leaf that comes right out on the flowering stem. It looks like flag or the shape of your hand. I can't wait to see the stem and the blooms. The bananas are not very edible because they are full of seeds but I am sure they birds and animals will enjoy them. I may also try to germinate the seeds, too.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


For those of you who are tomato lovers, Burpee has a great collection of tomatoes.

We have had plenty of rain this winter and I hope the trend continues!

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Spring is near. You know how I can tell? Last night the frogs were singing. This means that they are starting their breeding cycle. In addition, our last hard frost is usually mid-March. Its been so warm lately that the daffodils are blooming, the Asian magnolias are budding out, and the bananas have even begun to grow!