A collection of tidbits today, starting with my Musa basjoo hardy bananas. This is what they looked like a few days ago:
I had just removed the plastic cover that was keeping the leaves dry and the color and texture of the dead pseudostem tops caught my eye.
Want to see what they look like today?
Yep, it's the same photo because I have not yet been able to remove the fence and move all of the leaves. It's a huge amount of leaves and will be much work. The only disadvantage of keeping all of these leaves around (in my planting beds too) is that spring cleanup is a lot more work. It's not work, it's gardening, right?
This has been a good spring for crocus so far in my garden:
I suppose that's because the clumps are starting to reach a decent size, pushing up enough blooms to make a difference. Daffodils are not far behind.
I've been posting a lot about bamboo recently, mainly because it's so visible at this time of the year. You know who has a great bamboo collection?
The St. Louis Zoo does!
They have at least six different types growing in two main areas: around the gorilla house, and in the River's Edge area.
The zoo also has a nice butterfly house (they call it the "butterfly wing" of the Insectarium) where dozens of small tropical beauties flit around. This large one was resting in easy phone camera reach:
Such a nice taste of summer! Does anybody know what type of butterfly this is?
So many pretty but unidentified butterflies -- one other unidentified but pretty thing I saw there:
Does anybody know what this is? So blue, so wonderful! Is it a Chamaecyparis?
I hope you get a lot done in the garden this weekend!