Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Tropical Effects

Gorgeous Texture

We bought a new banana plant thinking the one we had was dead. It rained. The Musa in the garden was perennial and returned finally  because of the extra water and enough warmth. The Red Leaved Banana we bought, Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii', was actually not hardy in this zone.  So now we have one that is tropical to house in the winter but it is attractive with its red midrib and reddish emerging leaves. Also, it's quite palm-like with a fat trunk.
Hubby is the one fond of banana plants. I think he likes the tropical effects.





The Carolina wren nestlings have their eyes open. Their primary feathers are first to emerge. When I peeked in the nest today they were covered in moss like a blanket. It was a little cooler than usual.

10 comments:

Lets Plant said...

I am all for tropical myself. I just brought home the largest Banana I have ever seen. The mother tree was easily 25-30 feet tall.

Mother Nature said...

Every year I say i'm not going to buy things that must be protected in the winter. Ha!

Nancy J. Bond said...

Your banana leaves are a lovely texture...and thanks for the photo of Mama Wren. She looks pretty busy!

Perennial Gardener said...

I love the coloring and texture of that Banana tree. Beautiful!

Wesley said...

Hello Mother Nature It is very nice of you to welcome me to blotanicals. You have a very beautiful garden blog here and a very fun texture on your banana plant and again Thank You.


Wesley (flowersforusall.blogspot.com)

Jane Marie said...

Great shots of the texture on the banana leaves. Sometimes we forget to look closely at our plants and blooms. There's a lot more than can be seen at first.

marmee said...

that leaf looks deliciously beautiful!

Mother Nature said...

Wesley,
You are welcome and thanks for those kind words. Have a good time visiting all the gardens on Blotanical.

Jane Marie,
iI see you love music. I was a high school choral music teacher in the days of yore before marriage.


Marmee,
Thanks for dropping by. We're neighbors.
Donna

Northern Shade said...

The pattern on the leaves is wonderful, and the red midrib on the green leaf is striking too.
It will take a while for the nestlings to look as attractive though. It is always remarkable that ungainly nestlings grow into beautiful graceful birds.

Iowa Victory Gardener said...

Hi Donna,
We're big fans of leaf textures here as well. Those bananas are spectacular, especially with that red stripe! Since you like tropicals, have you ever grown Castors? Ours are still small (we got them in late), but still should get pretty tall before frost, but probably not the 14 ft the green ones got last year! They're fun, and have really bizarre blooms and seed pods...