That’s interesting to be in subtropical location. I’d love to be able to grow fruit trees. We used to have some apple trees but unless I picked off all the apples, they’d make sure a mess, cause sour apples which attracted hornets, wasps and bees. Mowing the lawn there became a nuisance.You are quite welcome Keesha. Have a lot of things blooming on the property. Hoping for a big banana fruiting one one tree in Sept. The trees normally bear every other year here in this gardening zone. We're sub tropical.
By the way, gorgeous red flower hanging basket you have there...what are the flowers called?
Blooming things make you want to smile, huh!
@Liberty that magnolia is stunning! 3 month bloom, wow. We can't grow these up here, but we have a different variety that is pink, blooms very early, even before the leaves grow.
That’s what zone I figured you were in.Oh Keesha, that rose is a beautiful big plant. Love those oversized specimens. How gorgeous!
We are in Zone 9-A.
Bananas are what captivate us. When you see that banana tree flag leaf and big red flower appear, your happiness bone does flip flops...lol. It takes them 3 - 4 months to completely ripen. The last fruiting we had
yielded about 100 big bananas from a single tree , and they tasted so much better than store bought ones. They tasted like "ice cream".
Hoping for another fruiting this year from one of the 2 "mature" Grand Nain variety trees we have. These were the original Chiquita bananas that sadly no longer get shipped out due to a bad banana blight that wiped out most of the production specimens.
Here's the bananas we had in the two stages of ripening:
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That’s a stunning tree RaddishRose. I really like those but don’t grow any. They look and smell so nice. Apparently this year many gardeners have commented about how great their gardens have been. I wonder if it’s due to all the extra rain we had.
@Liberty, it is a magnolia but a different variety,. grows from zones 4-9, so yes, you guys can grow anything. I don't recall ever smelling one.RadishRose...that beautiful tree bloom looks like what we call a "Tulip Tree". It blooms very early like you said - down here in February usually, and has large cup shaped blooms.
You have me wondering if perhaps its the same tree?! Probably couldn't be as the zones are so far apart but might be a northern cousin, you know. Its a beautiful pink. Fragrant, too?
OMG!RadishRose...do you mean "can't tell the difference" in the flavor of the bananas? Absolutely you can. The bananas you get today are so "bland" compared to the original Chiquita ones. As far as the trantulas, haven't seen any "Teddy Bear" spiders so far.
Know in Florida, when I was a kid, we brought a big stalk home in the back seat of the car with me and I yelled my head off for "daddy to stop". When he pulled off the road and wanted to know what was wrong I said "there is a big spider back here in the bananas". He mumbled something about "Evelyn, take care of your daughter", but told me to get out and then he climbed in the back seat; in a minute he yelled back at mom "Evelyn, find me a skillet, for crying out loud, there's a spider back here the size of a Buick."
Remember that spider was red and white, though...lol.