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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Yard Banana Tree

Yesterday I  shared a photo of my sad little banana tree beyond my garden in the New Woods Field that has been gnawed on by some animal, possibly deer or a tall groundhog.
Because several of you felt bad for that pathetic tree I wanted to share a view of the grove within my garden. This clump is getting close to ten years old. Each successive spring shows larger trees and more stalks though autumn  frost means that a quick slice from a sharp shovel brings the giant leaves with their sopping stalks  crashing to the ground where the buried root clumps will be  mulched with leaves. 
The trees below are about two stories tall.
While our season  here in Zone 6b  isn't long enough to produce actual bananas, the trees bring me tropical joy.  They are usually a fun surprise to my garden visitors.

10 comments:

Andrea said...

I just commented in your post before this on that 'pathetic banana'. And now you are saying those plants are 2 stories tall, those are even taller than our bananas here in the tropics! Amazing! I am sad you cannot make them fruit because of the changing season. But you can use the leaves in many ways!

TexWisGirl said...

wow. really neat!

Sandra said...

the trees are beautiful, i had no idea they would grow like that there, but then i remembered daddy had them in Georgia and they died back in the winter and came back in the spring. we are used to them growing year round. we have several and i love them.

Esther Montgomery said...

Impressive plant.

NCmountainwoman said...

What a cool plant to have around!

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Definitely need more then "Yao Ming" to pluck the bananas out of the tree !

Out on the prairie said...

IOts amazing that they survive the cold. I was in the Canary Islands and they were a big crop, and fun to enjoy so fresh.

Beyond My Garden said...

Wong Ching Wah, Please tell me what is "yao ming?"

Karen said...

I like the way the plant looks despite the fact there are no bananas. Very cool!

Rose said...

I think my daughter would love that!