"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

A Growth Spurt

A small banana shoot was planted in my yard a few months back.

After seven months of tropical sunshine and monsoon rains, it has grown a little:


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Fruit, I am informed, will take several more months.

But meanwhile, the leaves can be used as plates and some of the flowers, once they arrive, can be served in a masala mix.



12 responses

  1. Lucille

    Yes I know all about the deadly advance of the bramble from next door’s garden. Terrifying to see it in action like that.

    November 4, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    • At the rate my banana is sequestering carbon, I think I must be in line for some sort of “Friends of the Earth” award.

      November 4, 2010 at 1:31 pm

      • Jolyon

        Most amusing!

        November 5, 2010 at 12:01 am

  2. Lucille

    I’d rather have your banana than blackberries any day. Would you like a recipe for a banana smoothie? I’m thinking ahead for you.

    November 4, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    • I have been attempting since adolescence to make my life the living recipe for a smoothie…

      November 4, 2010 at 7:39 pm

      • Jolyon

        Such wit – You should be on the stage!

        November 5, 2010 at 12:02 am

  3. Bearing fruit always seems to take longer, doesn’t it?!

    November 6, 2010 at 4:18 am

    • Quite so!
      In my case, the harvest is still very much in question…

      November 6, 2010 at 7:16 am

  4. Jolyon

    I have it on good authority that your harvest will not disappoint. It’s just a matter of when…

    November 7, 2010 at 12:27 am

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