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Plants, Tender and Hardy

18 September 2017 17:31:53

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As mentioned before, I have two Banana or Musa plants. One was put out in the front garden for display. Due to being ill, the other one was left at the back, facing south. That plant has come on in leaps and bounds and is shown. The one I moved to the front, I moved it to day, nearer to the house, due to the cold weather. It is still looking good but not as good as the other. Both are tender and before long, they will be going indoor, probably to the greenhouse. I took a photo of a Phormium, also called New Zealand Flax. Some years ago when we had it very cold in the winter, I thought it would die bot it had recovered to normality. There are many stalks on it full of seed pods and I have a small quantity of these seeds in the house. Has anybody sown seeds of this kind? I know that division of the root stock is the best way to propagate the plant but I would like to try growing phormiums from the seeds. I could supply seeds to anybody interested. To day was a lovely, sunny day with little or no wind. The blue sky to day may remind one of Dublin's win yesterday althought the green and red of the Pelargoniums around the Musa might remind one of the Mayo team that ran them to a point. Think of Cillian O'Connor hitting the post late in the game and then Dean Rock sending the ball between the posts.

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Jacinta D Jacinta D 18 September 2017 19:39:20

Musa looks fabulous, Dick.

PCON PCON 19 September 2017 19:50:40

Why don't you try growing the seeds Dick? Personally, I am not keen on Phormium, or any of the strap leaved plants.

Dick Dick 20 September 2017 20:44:50

Perhaps I will, Peter


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