I love tiger lilies but why did somebody attack my fruiting Basjoo banana ?

Tiger Lilies are my favorite lily! I love how they quickly forms colonies thanks to their habits of forming bulblets along the stems which drop around the mother plants and grow into new bulbs.
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The bulblets grow through out the Summer and drop off when they begin to grow a root.

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The Basjoo Banana was blooming beautifully until…..

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Until one morning I noticed it was leaning. When I attempted to straighten it this is what I found!

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Something had chewed the stem off at ground level! Oh well. At least I had a few months of enjoying the bloom!

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Over the holiday weekend we took a day trip to Durham, North Carolina and to one of my favorite gardens.

Sarah P. Duke Gardens

http://gardens.duke.edu/

The gardens have a large lake and a several small lakes with plenty of water lilies. A few swans, geese, and ducks inhabit the larger pond. The Black-Neck Swan from South America are beautiful. The one below was photographed near the Japanese style bridge.

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The red Japanese Bridge

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The lily pond near the Doris Duke Center.

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A native azalea

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The terraced gardens leading down to a koi and lily pond.

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The Blomquist Garden of native plants.

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I love this stone bench built into the hill.

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Durham Bulls

We also attended a Durham Bulls minor league baseball game while we were in Durham.

This is the mascot: Woll E Bull

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A little break where Woll E Bull drove a go-cart around shooting t-shirts out of a cannon!

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Our seats were perfect! On the left field side of home plate until the cover!

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The Durham Athletic Park is surrounded by office buildings in rehabbed old tobacco processing campus.

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When a home run was hit the bull sign would blow smoke out of his nostrils, his eyes would light up red, and his tail would wag!

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The team roster had players recruited from all over the world!

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It was a busy day!

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5 responses to “I love tiger lilies but why did somebody attack my fruiting Basjoo banana ?

  1. Too bad about the banana plant. Looks like you’ll have to use wire next time. That garden looks like a great place! I like that bench too-quite a creative way to build what could double as a retaining wall.

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  2. I love the Tiger Lilies, the Japanese bridge and the water lilies.
    Sounds like you had a great trip.
    Do you think rabbits ate the plant?

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  3. It’s really too bad that your banana plant was eaten. Lucky you still have those lovely lilies.

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