Monthly Archives: May 2014

It’s that a “flag” on that banana plant, or is it just happy to see me?

The bananas have been growing new leaves for some time now. The Basjoo are the most frost resistant and usually the 8 to 10 foot trunks do not freeze all the way to the ground. This means every few years they will reward you with the exotic looking blooms and small bananas by Fall.

The bananas are only about three or four inches long and with the thickness of a thumb. The flesh is full of tiny seeds and is very starchy and not worth the effort to eat. None the less, it is exciting when they do bloom.

This past winter there was one night where the temps were below 10f so I knew they would be damaged back to the roots with no expectation of blooms. Not even on the pink Veluntina bananas which usually bloom and fruit when they reach five feet tall in the fall.


In the spring I cut the trunks down until I found live tissue which was amazingly at about four feet from the ground. They have been slowly growing new leaves. Today I noticed what looks like a flag leaf on the largest trunk. A flag leaf is the leaf which appears just before a bloom stalk! It is rounder with a flag-like shape.


The Southern magnolias are blooming. too I am lucky to have a large and old tree between the house and garden sheds. They are so fragrant!



And my favorites of the hydrangea world- the very large oakleaf hydrangeas. A few of the flower corymbs or panicles are almost 18 inches long this season.




Nice. Very nice!


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On the Pulse of Morning


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Its a lovely time downtown and in the garden !

Usually we have drinks or a bite to eat at The Borough on the corner of Dawson and Morgan Streets near the heart of Downtown Raleigh.


It’s great people watching and a nice location to begin a walk around Downtown proper and to have a nice bite to eat and a beverage.


I do love their good food and their option of choosing steamed broccoli in place of fries!


The red-tail hawks are nesting again in the steeple of the First Baptist Church. Photographers love them!


As darkness fell and we walked closer to Fayetteville Street we realized that something dealing with anime must be taking place? Kids everywhere dressed: like Japanese anime characters! It is called Anamazement!

Click on the link below for a little video

The newspaper stated that about 6,000 were attending. This explains why they were EVERYWHERE!

There was a dance party out front if the Raleigh Civic and Convention Center:

If I was 20 years younger I would have been in the middle of that crowd.

But back to gardening!

This is a beautiful patch of Stachys: Lamb’s ears at JC Raulston Arboretum. Lovely!


And Lilies…


And foxtails…..


and lilies at a big box store….




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