Wednesday, September 19, 2007

A home for musa....that's musa basjoo, or hardy banana. Some of you may remember last spring when this first arrived...it was already good-sized, but I wasn't ready to plant it, so I potted it up. As the summer progressed, I had to repot it a second time-this plant grows fast! So here sat musa, patiently waiting a spot in the garden, resting here between the house and garage. Every morning and night as I passed by, I'd touch a leaf and say "Musa!"...kind of a good-luck ritual or something. (Yes, I am an odd duckling.)
But just look at the texture of these cool leaves! I really dig this tropical stuff, and I already grow a bamboo, so why not a banana?
So here's the spot...I dug up a boring, non-blooming forsythia and two daylilies, then got to work on the soil....
.....this tree stump is not only a handy planter-holder........its decaying roots are also contributing some nice, spongey organic material to this area-cool!And look at this neat rock I found! It split open, and has this dark pattern that looks like a tree...think I'll have to bring it in for a shelf decoration!Okay, back to the task at hand. Loosened the soil to about 10" depth, then top-dressed with a nice layer of pony manure.... .....and here's musa in his new home! Hard to see his companion plants, but there's a golden hakone grass behind it, a "Bowles Golden" carex in the front, and three tradescantia "Blushing Bride", and close to the stump...

......three different ice plants-purple, golden, and starburst. The purple has been blooming in the pot all summer, so I hope it's happy to be in the ground and comes up next spring. (If not, maybe I'll try some in a pot, too.) The best part of this situation? We are expecting "warmer than normal" temperatures for at least another week...grow musa, grow!


7 comments:

Marion in Savannah said...

Good luck with your Musa! You've made him (yeah, I anthropomorphize..!) a lovely home. A friend of mine here in Savannah had a large banana tree in his back yard before he moved, and he swore by feeding it coffee grounds. I don't know if it works, but I do know it was one of the largest, healthiest bananas I've ever seen down here.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Are you serious? You can grow musa in your zone? Wheee--that means I can, too!!! :)

snappy said...

Good Luck Lisa,hope it grows well Musa..sounds normal to me greeting your plants daily.It will grow vigerously with you talking to it, and the freshly manured Soil.
Keep posting Musas progress :)

Yolanda Elizabet said...

What an aMUSAing post. Good luck with your banana. If you protect it during winter time it will be fine. We can grow them here too with a bit of protection during the cold season. Those leaves are great aren't they?

BTW that's a pretty cool rock you found.

lisa said...

Marion-Thanks for the tip! I drink lots of coffee, so musa will be very well fed!

Kim-Heck yea! I got the idea from a blogger in Canada, so I decided to try it. Then, amazing coincidence-my son got a new place to rent over the weekend, and when I went over there with him, lo and behold-his new neighbor has a banana growing in their back yard! It looked to be twice the size of mine, and it's a town only 20 miles from my place! Now I am extra optimistic!

Snappy-Thank you! I still talk to musa, but not daily. (Hope he's not lonely! ;-)

Yolanda-Ha-love the pun! Yea, the leaves are awesome...mostly why I wanted to grow it. Rocks don't stand a chance around me...I have several on the windowsill in the kitchen...heh, they don't collect any more dust than any other knick-knack ;-)

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lisa said...

Ina-Thank you for stopping by! I will absolutely visit your blog!