Thursday, March 29, 2012

Experimental banana trees

Our banana grove grows each year.  We usually cut off all the trees before the first frost.  Last year we tried an experiment and left two trees with just the leaves cut off. 

During the long hard winter ;)  ;), one broke off about midway. Now the trees are coming up.  The one that broke off has new leaves coming out the top and it is now 3 feet tall.

The one that broke off is shown with a yard stick.  The tallest one on the right does not show any signs of leaves yet.  In the background are many shoots coming up out of the ground. 

Another update: 

See the tomatoes grown from seeds?   Notice the trowel to show how big they are.  Ready to go in the ground.

Flowers from seeds donated by darling daughter.  Ready to go.

Com'on summer, we are ready.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

March Bloom Report

Everyone seems to be enjoying early spring this year.  We are no exception in NC.

The last of some of the spring bloomers include this daffodil.  We have had daffodils blooming since January but they are about finished. 

 This has been the best winter we have ever seen in the Experimental Garden for Camillia.  In the past the deer have stripped the leaves and blooms off the bushes.  Not this year and we have enjoyed more blooms than ever before.

However we did have one problem.  Squirrels picked the blooms off and we found them all over the place. 

 The pansies have bloomed all winter and due to the mild winter they have been showier than ever.

The forsythia is in full bloom now 

As well as this beautiful red shrub.  It has thorns but I do not know the name of the plant, do you Diana?
The bees are all over this bush today.

Oh ye nay sayers observe.  When I planted seeds in January in the unheated green house you scoffed.
it was too early you said.

Carrots need to be separated.

Tomatoes are taking off.

I will need to find space to plant the flowers that are starting.

 Com'on summer, bring it on.