Fried

Worst Foliage Followup ever? The "cold snap" (that's a friendlier, happier way to say it I think) we had to welcome the new year did what I expected to the bamboos: fried them.


Some of these groundcover bamboos get fried every year so no real harm done -- they provide a good way to ease into this post though.

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Backtrack: bananas

I realized recently that in my flurry of pre-freeze activity last month I never posted about my banana overwintering preparations. I let my Musa basjoo do whatever it will until a really hard freeze is forecast -- usually that means a low temperature below 25ºF (-4ºC) or so.


This year that condition was not forecast until December 6, so that's when I had to get moving on this. (Note that there had been a few nights of below freezing temperatures so the foliage was already fried, but the thick pseudostems can handle those temps without damage.)


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Pond Ice

When the cold weather finally moved on, I took a quick look at the pond which was frozen over. My hope was to see some of the fish beneath the ice...


...but as I got closer I realized that would probably not be possible.

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Say Goodbye...

Not to me! Although I wouldn't blame you for jumping to that conclusion based on the frequency (low) at which I've been posting lately. No, I mean say goodbye...


...to my wonderful green bamboos! At least for a few months. Shall I explain?


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Wednesday Vignette: bananas

Something simple...


...closeups of my bananas (Musa basjoo). Well, parts of them at least.


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Perfection is overrated?

My overwintering strategy involves moving many potted plants into the garage and basement each fall, but I wait until absolutely necessary. Some of the agaves can take temperatures down to 25ºF (-3ºF) or so, and those I will leave outdoors the longest. When the first sub-freezing night approaches, you'll usually find me standing in the garden poring over Google because I can't remember which species can take those few more degrees of cold.


The trouble is, I sometimes make a mistake.


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Bald Cypress Seeds

You know I love my bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) tree, right? Well I was looking at it yesterday...


...and noticed something exciting: cones!


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I'm growing kale?

My veggie garden has been sadly neglected for two years (or more?) now. Severely neglected. Completely ignored actually. So it was a big surprise to me recently when I discovered...


...that I'm growing kale!


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The pond, relieved

Relieved of its heavy coat of netted leaves that is! I recently talked about how easy it was to protect the pond this year due to its being smaller.


Removing the netting was easier too, especially since there were no seams for big bunches of leaves to fall through!


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