Quiet Banana Plant Morning

A couple of new leaves just unfurled on the Musa basjoo, and they caught the morning sun so well...

...I just had to share.


I never thought that a banana would be one of my favorite plants in my garden. They always looked so tattered when I saw them in photos (and in warmer spots when traveling) that I couldn't see why anybody would grow them for their looks.

This is a bit more like how I feel when
I see this plant right now: kinda dreamy

But now I know better. I don't have tattered leaves because the plants lose all of their foliage in our winters, so everything is fresh during the summer. I guess that my house and garden (and the hill we're on) provide some protection when the storms hit, because even the oldest leaves still look quite nice. No tatters here!

I'd have to measure, but I'm guessing the top of that leaf is at least 10' (3m) tall, maybe more like 12' (3.6m). Not bad for a plant that was killed to the ground last winter!


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Nic  – (September 4, 2014 at 12:38 PM)  

Beautiful! I think Musa basjoo also just tends to tear and tatter a bit less than the fruiting varieties planted in warmer areas.

Lisa  – (September 4, 2014 at 5:49 PM)  

Lovely! I love capturing these images to look back on later - I'm amazed at how much I can overlook when I'm too busy working in the garden to appreciate the garden!

outlawgardener  – (September 4, 2014 at 6:35 PM)  

It does look dreamy! Those huge leaves always make my heart skip a beat & your images are especially nice with the sun shining through them!

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (September 4, 2014 at 11:52 PM)  

Love it. Few plants are as beautiful in my eyes as bananas.

Mark and Gaz  – (September 5, 2014 at 6:46 AM)  

Fabulous how it glows! Hope it remains pristine like that and you don't get windy days soon to shred it.

danger garden  – (September 5, 2014 at 10:31 AM)  

No tatters! Indeed the ones I see in Southern California always look so tired and ratty.

www.ravenscourtgardens. com  – (September 5, 2014 at 12:11 PM)  

How lovely...the shades of warm glowing yellow to cool greens! Great way to start the day : )

Hoover Boo  – (September 6, 2014 at 5:56 PM)  

Wonderfully photogenic, aren't they? Here they get so shredded they look like fringe, not leaves. I'll enjoy them in your garden instead.

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