Sunday, June 10, 2007

Bananas in Maine?

Yes, I know I'm sometimes a bit goofy, but I'm talking about real bananas. Two years ago, my son in Florida sent me a small, six inch banana pup. I've been nurturing it through two winters in the house and it spends its summers on the sunny deck. Last year, she grew three pups and the original plant is now taller than me! Who says ya can't grow nanners in Maine?

I took a walk through the garden this morning to see what was new and found the "Firecracker" clematis blooming.

The plants in H's planting boxes have begun to bloom. They each have a spike, black and lime green sweet potatoes, pink verbena and a beautiful double petaled, swirled petunia. Can you tell I like pink?

I'm always looking for interesting pieces of driftwood while walking along the rocky shore. A few days ago, I found a very straight piece about 7 feet long with a "hook" on it. H just rolled his eyes and asked what in the world I was going to do with that thing as it didn't have the usual snarls and whirls I find unique in driftwood. Well...... why buy those expensive wrought iron shepherd's hooks when Mother Nature and the sea provides perfectly good ones free!

I have a small planting bed in the middle of the yard which I refer to as my "Zen Garden". The rock sculpture changes frequently when the rocks fall, or I just take a notion to change things around a bit. Finding the rock's center of gravity often takes a few minutes of calm concentration and deep breathing.


Sandy said...

I am going to have to try that rock balancing thing, this is the secon time I read about it this week!

Your boxes look good. I like pink, too, and used a lot of it this year.

I am jealous of your stick! It really looks good like that.

What are you going to do when your plant gets huge?

Zoey said...

I love your driftwood shepard's hook.

That banana tree must love the conditions you are providing. I would not be surprised to see you peeling a banana for your cereal soon.

Zoey said...

The rock thing is neat, too. With all the rocks I have in my rockwall garden, I should try that!

Kerri said...

I love your rock sculpture...I can just see you pottering around trying to balance it :) Isn't it amazing the simple creative things you can do with rocks and sticks? Your shephard's crook is neat :)
Bananas in Maine, well I never! That's a healthy looking plant. Good for you!
Don't you just love clematis?
The planters are looking very pretty. I love pink too :)
Sounds like you had a fun time with your company. It's good to spend some time with family and there are so many lovely places to take them up there.