Early morning work in the garden.

The hot and humid summers in the Mid-Atlantic states require garden work to be performed either early in the morning or later on in the evening. Temperatures have been in the 90s with humidity just as high.

Gus usually wakes me up about 5:30 to 6:00 am to go out and do his business so sometimes I take advantage of that time to do some cleaning and other garden chores.

The Basjoo bananas are suckering profusely this year. I have removed several suckers and relocated them to other areas of the garden.


The rhizomes are large on this little pup! There are two kinds of suckers on bananas. One is called a sword put and have leaves when very short, and generally, but not always, are less vigorous and poor growers. The other is watersprout sucker. They have narrow leaves and large rhizomes. They grow 2-3′ before growing regular leaves.


This is a watersprout.


So this pup was moved out near the curb garden. He should do well out there as its hot but the ground is moist.


I am always finding objects when I dig in the yard of this 50 year old house. Many bricks and bottles and I think Ruby, the former lady of the house, either put a brick or a pipe next to every shrub or tree she planted!


The mother clump.




Filed under Seasonal Maintenance

12 responses to “Early morning work in the garden.

  1. What a wonderful, tropical garden you have! It’s a pleasure to see it.


  2. Whoa, I didn’t realize NC was banana country!


    • Here, 2.5 hours from the coast they my bloom and fruit but they don’t have time to ripen. At the coast, varieties like Dwarf Cavendish will sometimes produce edible fruit.

      Here in Raleigh, musa velutina, will have beautiful pink flowers in August and then pink bananas by frost.


  3. I have the same issues on the Gulf Coast. Maybe our neighboring countries are correct in having a siesta in the heat of the day!


  4. The Belmont Rooster

    Great post and very useful information about the Banana trees.


  5. Wow, being able to grow bananas in your backyard sounds like heaven! I’m so jealous- The most I can manage are simple herbs around here.


  6. A lovely post,…..Thanks for sharing with us, Arthur! 😜


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