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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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Going Bananas

06 July 2009 21:39:39
ensete ventricosum 'maurelli'

ensete ventricosum 'maurelli'

I had experimented yesterday in moving my two large banana plants and datura into the garden. But it was far too windy and they kept blowing over. I gave up.

Today I had the brilliant idea of actually planting them in their pots in the borders. Duh! Don't know why this hadn't occurred to me before. I did it with one of the bananas last year, although it was a hell of a lot smaller then.  The advantage of planting them in their pots is that they're easier to lift to take in in winter. But they do need extra watering. They look great.

I decided against planting the datura in this way for two reasons. It is very brittle and bits break off easily. It also has several large buds so is about to flower. I would like to be sure of seeing its flowers at least once before experimenting with it. Does anyone put their datura outdoors in summer?

Anyway, that's all for the minute. I was just reading all the great comments below and they really gave me a boost. Will look around at what you've all been up to in your gardens and will make replies tomorrow but that's all for me tonight.


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flitters flitters 06 July 2009 23:56:32

rachel , i never put my banana out it is far too windy. my brother(of the baby bananas leaves his out all summer. his garden is very sheltered but the banana doesnt do as well as mine . i put the brugmansia out ,it lost a few leaves but is toughening up now and looking much greener. hope it does all right. your gloriosa is way ahead of mine looking spectacular. mine is only in bud now. must look out for more tubers next year in aldi or was it lilds?hpe to see you soon but between work and family staying i dont have a minute. my aunt in moss cottage bunclody is still waiting for my visit. promise after next night duty i will call and thanks for your invitation. hope to see you in mullingar.


MichaelC MichaelC 07 July 2009 10:13:28

Rachel I have seen a Datura outdoors in Wicklow in a very sheltered spot in summer and it has survived. Just make sure to take it in before the eveniong start to get cold again.


Rachel Rachel 07 July 2009 12:41:50

Thanks for taking the time to reply, Mary & Michael. Mary, the bananas are still okay event though it is windy out there. I don't expect to be able to grow banana fruit myself (we don't all have your green fingers) so I would be happier to see them out. I do expect to loose some leaves but can live with that. Apparently an image in Japanese poetry is that of the banana leaves breaking in the spring. Not so appealing to me. Wish I had a nie sheltered garden.


cuppa_tea cuppa_tea 07 July 2009 16:03:46

Autumn, not spring. The poet Basho took his pen-name (Basho) from a type of banana - hence Musa basjoo (which is just a Dutch spelling of 'basho'). We have one over by the circle. Norman (Rachel's hubby)


J.D. J.D. 07 July 2009 20:15:39

I live in Dublin and usually weather is mild enough but I STILL wouldn't take the chance of leaving my brugmansia outdoors. I did it a few years ago and it started to look really bedraggled. I did everything to look after it but to no avail. Eventually it gave up the ghost. Mind you, I'd still buy another one. Flowers are just so 'to-die-for'.


Rachel Rachel 07 July 2009 22:03:49

OK, thanks, Jacinta.


HeadGardener HeadGardener 07 July 2009 22:25:42

I agree Rachel unless you have really good shelter (unlikely in your site for a while, like myself) then they'll just get battered, might try my Musa Basjoo outside but try to place in against a bit of shelter from the serious winds.


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