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Essex based gardener. Trying to achieve a tropical looking garden 🌴🌴🌴

Musa Basjoo

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vec

#Musa-basjoo is loving the heat then the showers... Its a whopper this year #foliagefriday

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sharonhayden

Wow so tropical 🏝

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pelly

Wow, that's huge 💚💚

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vec

Thank you @sharonhayden and @pelly I'm waiting for the other different types of bananas to go mad. With this current rain and forecast heatwave it's going to get interesting 😂

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suerichards

Wow they are enormous @vec

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vec

I love them, even torn and tattered after the wind yesterday 😍 @suerichards

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vec

Huge leaves and huge pups this year #musa-basjoo 💚💚💚

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gosmanalf

they are growing so quickly Julie 😊 @vec

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vec

They are @gosmanalf it's all the heat, they're loving it

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vec

@wesleybrian how's you 😍

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wesleybrian

Really good @vec how are you lovely?

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vec

Not bad thank you @wesleybrian Was going to say I haven't seen much of you on here but I have so little time to browse nowadays that I've been missing lots of posts

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juliesgarden

Wow tha5s fabulous , wish I hadn’t lost all mine 😢

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wesleybrian

It's the same for me so many posts on here you lose your favs 😉 @vec glad to see your garden looks amazing 💕

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porto

Wait for it!............................................. #thebananagang 🍌🍌🍌🍌😁😁😁😁👌

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vec

What took you so long @porto Been drumming my fingers waiting for you 😂😁😆

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porto

😂😂😂👇👈👆👉☝🍌😜 @vec

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vec

@porto @Lowlands.Away #thebananagang #musa-basjoo no.1

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porto

😍🍌🍌🍌🍌👌😉

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Lowlands.Away

Ah ha! So mine is looking pretty similar! That's good @vec

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jeatacake

Wow! 😳

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vec

Reaching for the sky #musa-basjoo

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porto

😍😏👌

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porto

#thebananagang

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vec

Shredded banana and honeysuckle blown off the fence. This weather can do one now thank you very much

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jadojado29

😱😱 Oh Julie @vec I have a pic of that looking lovely, agree with you about the weather it’s soul destroying for the plants 🤬 I take it it will recover & grow more leaves? It was so awful this morning I didn’t bother coming to your manor stayed in Braintree & did shopping just didn’t want to be out in it. Sending you a big hug 🤗😘

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vec

Oh yes it will grow more leaves. I'm just sulking 😂😂😂 @jadojado29

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Keely

Oh no Julie it was looking so lovely horrendous weather for you hope it clears up tonight 😕

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cheshire

Feel for you ,it heart breaking when something you love get ruin in this weather,but your garden lovely xx

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vec

Musa basjoos all unwrapped and looking good. I tried the bubblewrap method this year with straw in the crowns and it appears to have worked ☺

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lordshankar

great job keeping a banana go through this winter...

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hayleyaj

Yay!! 👏👏 mine is green so I know it's fine too 😁😁

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juliesgarden

Lost mine 😢😢

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Keely

Wow that's amazing with this winter will be alot hardier now I would have thought 👏👍😊

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vec

@juliesgarden musa basjoo is root hardy. It will be back ☺

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juliesgarden

No it won’t , was rotten 😫😫😫

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vec

Have you dug it up ? @juliesgarden

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vec

Even if the stem was complete rotten mush, it should reshoot @juliesgarden

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juliesgarden

Yes it was completely rotten Julie , the cold winds and the ice we had was just too much I think , went on for weeks and it’s very salty air here , only about 5 mins from seafront . Never mind I’ll try again 👍

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vec

I'm really shocked by that @juliesgarden 😢😢😢 If I hadn't lost last year's pups, I'd have sent you one. They just weren't big enough to survive 😐

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juliesgarden

Aww bless you ☺️😘😘

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vec

Shredded banana 😢

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rachelbrooks

😱😔

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vec

@dinyar This is last week

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dinyar

Wow!!! It looks so tropics (jungle like- in a good sense). Are these not called Cavendish? Musa is supposed to be from Sikkim/Darjeeling area -quite cold region. The British during the British Raj time used to move to Darjeeling and other northern regions during hot summers as the temps go over 104 in lower regions.

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vec

Morning all. Looks like it's going to be a lovely day for working outside #musa-basjoo and #cannas enjoying the sun 🌞

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halfy21

Do you leave your bananas out in winter, or dig them up and bring them in @vec?

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vec

The musa basjoos I leave out but wrap them up with fleece, straw and a protective waterproof cap. I will bring in the red bananas as they will not tolerate freezing roots @halfy21

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halfy21

That’s great, thanks for the info Julie @vec

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vec

#signsofautumn getting lots of torn leaves now it's autumnal and breezy #musa-basjoo #tallerthanme

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midnightgardener

Oh don't we hate it when Autumn spoils things 😕leaves everywhere plants being blown about or worse from the 💨 boo!

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vec

Morning all, except for a shredded banana leaf or two and a dangling dahlia flower, we've no real damage here although the wind seems to be picking up a bit #musa-basjoo

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flof1952

Morning Julie ........I'm very surprised and happy to say the damage here was limited to a couple of fallen garden ornaments only :))

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porto

Morning Julie loving your banana 😍👌😉

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vec

Morning @flof1952 and @porto 🖑

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daisy-jane

Morning Julie shame about the banana leaves but glad your garden didn't suffer to much damage 😘

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jadojado29

😲 hope it survives OK Julie @vec it's a Gorgeous plant 😍 hope you have a lovely day 😚

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vec

Morning @daisy-jane and @jadojado29 It will be fine Suzie. I'm having a lazy wind down day ahead of going away on Friday 😉

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jadojado29

Where are you gallivanting off to on Friday Julie @vec 😚

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vec

North Devon @jadojado29 ☺

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jadojado29

Sounds nice Julie @vec hope the weather is kind to you then the following Sunday 1st I'm away😚

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vec

Just before we lost today's light, it stopped raining and I swear my banana has grown by at least a foot since this morning🍌🍌🍌

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jeatacake

That is incredible. It's wonderful. Well done Julie. I am soooooo envious 👌😍👍💜🍌

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vec

I wish I was brave enough to attempt detaching the babies. Got 5 on this one, 4 of them are a decent size @jeatacake

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jeatacake

Maybe try just one for now? Are you bringing it in for winter or leaving it out all wrapped up? If digging it up, that might be the best time to remove the babies? If I lived nearer I'd be offering to adopt one! 😁🍌

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LyndaClack

@vec OMG that's going to be mahoosive!! 😁😁🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌

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vec

If you lived nearer @jeatacake I'd let you detach one 😂

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vec

It hasn't had it's feed for a couple of weeks @LyndaClack must remember to do that today ☺

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jeatacake

Cheers Julie. Not quite a surgical operation, but a very sharp knife slicing carefully down the side of the mother plant's stem, to detach an offset with at least a little bit of root should do the trick.👍

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vec

One of my tallest in the border #banana #talltuesday

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teng.rigby

Looks great ❤ How old is it ?

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vec

Coming up for a year @teng.rigby It loves tomato feed 😉

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edward

Very cool

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kimmy01

Only a year :O do you keep it outside all the time?

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vec

Yes @kimmy01 I covered it up over winter last year with fleece and straw and a protective plastic cap to stop the top rotting ☺

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kimmy01

Its amazing thanks tagging me in the winter one, mines been in the conservatory since I got it in May

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dinyar

Did you trim it before wrapping?

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vec

Yes take off the leaves and cut a bit of the stem @dinyar

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dinyar

Do you use the leaves in cooking? It is has antibiotic properties and gives off a divine aroma in Fish, Rice, etc. wrap fish in it and steam. In India on auspicious occasions food is served on banana leaves instead of plates. It adds nice aroma and works as a natural protector/ antimicrobial.

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dinyar

When you are eating outdoors place a leaf on the table and no insect will come.

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vec

Well I didn't know that @dinyar but I don't like to take the leaves off when they're growing

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vec

#musa-basjoo The new leaf is ginormous 💚

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jadojado29

Make a great umbrella Julie @vec we could both fit under it by the look of things 😂☔😘

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susanhumphrey333

Amazing plant Julie 👍

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vec

@jadojado29 what a mess it looks but hopefully a bit of leaf protection from the gale 😂😂😂

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hayleyaj

It's a nightmare!!! 😡😡😡

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Cazx

You've done the right thing @vec

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jadojado29

😂 put it this way Julie @vec don't think I would ask you to put my arm in a sling 😂 joking aside who cares what it looks like if it does the job this wind is awful just watching my Wisteria at the front getting battered but it is up against the porch so should be ok fingers,crossed 😘

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vec

Haha @jadojado29 I'm first aid trained in humans not blooming awkward bananas in a force 10 gale 😂😂😂 It is a nightmare @hayleyaj and @Cazx wish I'd done it earlier

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hayleyaj

Looks quite fetching tho! 👻 #banana 😂😂👏👏

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pelly

Hope it works 😊😊😊

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sieveheadsarah

Ooh, just noticed your metal spiral thingies, where did you get them from?? Hope your banana survives the night 😀👍🏼

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vec

@sieveheadsarah I bought them years ago from a local eBay seller who was selling the bird bath I have now. I've no idea where they came from originally sorry. Think I've got 8 of them scattered around the garden for support for climbers ☺

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jeatacake

Great idea 👍

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Keely

Better safe than sorry 👍

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pauline33

Oh dear Julie hope it's going to be ok looking cosy now 👌😘

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vec

Wind damage on my beloved banana @jadojado29 and @pelly The leaf to the left has snapped 😢😢😢 Am hoping the next curled up leaf that was coming through is only bent and not snapped through

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pelly

I hope so too Julie 😪😪😪

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vec

Don't know if there's anything I can do to protect what's left @pelly

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pelly

Wish I could help, is there any way you can stake it till the wind dies down? 🤔🤔🤔

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juliesgarden

😢😢

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jadojado29

Awwww😱 Julie @vec feel for you 😢😠 the only thing I can think.of is some sort of support all round it which you could remove at a later date hope the other leaf is only bent and comes back 😘

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susanhumphrey333

😞 Feel for you

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vec

@jadojado29 that leaf is snapped unfortunately. Don't you just love our weather 😬 off to find some canes and fleece. I've got another 3 bananas but they are in more sheltered position and not as tall as this one. I'm sure in a few weeks I'll have lots of leaves sprouted ☺

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lamaisonbleueoleron

@vec it will bounce back in no time, It's a tuff plant.

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rachelbrooks

Hope it'll be ok! 🤞🏼👍🏼

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vec

My bigger banana is growing too #musabasjoo Really thought I'd lost this. I'm sure in a couple of weeks it will look like a proper banana tree again 🍌 #new-growth

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jeatacake

Nice one 👏👍

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vec

I'm so pleased Jeff, really thought it had gone when I unwrapped it ❤ @jeatacake

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jeatacake

I'm so pleased for you Jules as I know how I would have felt too 😊👍

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vec

@dinyar this is what it looked like when I unwrapped it at the end of April

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dinyar

Thats not bad. I can see a green shoot coming out. Very nice. Do you get the bananas?

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vec

I haven't but I've read about rare cases in the UK where bananas have grown. It's really not hot enough here for them to fruit @dinyar

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dinyar

Have you tried any fertilizers?

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vec

Yes I use tomato food @dinyar

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dinyar

Funny. I use Tomato fertilizer for Chili Peppers. Any fruit you like to make them plump.

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vec

All wrapped up ☺ Cut off the leaves and a bit of extra stem Stapled a big piece of fleece together to make a tube shape, stuffed with lots of straw. Covered it with thin waterproof canvas type stuff (actually it is a bike cover from poundland for £1 ) so the top doesn't rot and voila hopefully a preserved banana for next year ☺

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juliesgarden

Night night nana 🍌😂

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vec

I'll draw on some eyes, stick on a carrot and wrap around a scarf if it snows @juliesgarden #readymadesnowman 😂😂😂

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juliesgarden

😂😂😂 don't use the S word !!

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jaynehynesburton

@juliesgarden 😁😁😁

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clustyroen

Looks nice and snug

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vec

☃☃☃☃☃ @juliesgarden

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hagar

Have to put mine (6)in the shed,boxed in 2ft bark mulch,fingers crossed for next year.😩

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susanhumphrey333

Just the right shape for a baby ⛄️ look forward to when it snows then. Or maybe not ...

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susieg

Good work! And love the ⛄️ idea 😂😂😂

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harebell

Good thing you have its soooo cold out there tonight just fetched the washing in brrrrr

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lovemygarden65

Love it ☃️☃️☃️☃️☃️

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vec

Morning all, can I have this for #treetuesday 🍌

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susanhumphrey333

Morning Julie. Course you can. Permission granted 😂Deserves a place 👍

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lamaisonbleueoleron

Very lush 👏🏼👌😎

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rachelbrooks

Course you can! 👍🏼😊

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susieg

Oh yes!

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plants

No @Vec it is not a tree 🌲 maybe to many 🍷😂😂 but worth having a try 😀👍

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vec

Good morning gt'ers. I know that massive leaf will flop when its fully opened but it's higher than the 6ft fence at present ☺ #banana

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drewneil

👀👀👀 wow!

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yodamama

Good morning Julie 🙋🏻

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vec

It's a hungry monster @drewneil 😂😂😂

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vec

Morning @yodamama 🖐

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rachelbrooks

That's bananas! 🙈🙊😂🍌 very lush and tropical looking! 🌴 @vec

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Keely

Morning Julie looking fab 👍😁 cana nearly there update laters 🙌

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katgreen

@vec it's fab, I always wanted a banana plant bur I don't think it will thrive here. Do you take it in over winter

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jadojado29

Good morning Julie @vec I love your banana plant it's very impressive. At least we had the rain here but I don't think there was much thunder I heard a grumble but that was in the distance don't think it reached here. Hope you have a lovely Friday and if working manage to stay dry ☔️😘

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wesleybrian

It all looks beautiful Julie 😍

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vec

Morning and thank you @rachelbrooks @Keely @katgreen @jadojado29 and @wesleybrian This is my first year of having a banana Kat but I will be leaving it in the ground wrapped up well. Suzie, if we had any thunder, I slept right through. It was just a bit damp outside when I woke up ☺

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pauline33

Fabulous plant 👏👏💕

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vec

New leaf unfurling, it's going to be a whopper #foilage #banana

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vec

My kids are amazed at the growth so are measuring the leaves. The biggest leaf yesterday was 29" it's 34" today 😁

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jadojado29

Yikes Julie @vec carry on like that it's going to be massive lovely though 😍

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rachelbrooks

Crikey! It obviously likes all that manure you dug in! @vec

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godfreye

Looks a happy plant🤗

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vec

Thank you ladies @jadojado29 @rachelbrooks and @godfreye All that backbreaking digging was so worth it. It does get frequent feeding too ☺

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vec

I couldn't get it all in but this leaf is huge. My hand is on the bottom of the leaf ☺

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wesleybrian

I love big leaves, so beautiful ❤

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tn89uk

😍

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tonyb

If those are the leaves, I wonder how big the bananas are!

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juliesgarden

Oh wow well done Julie 😍😍👍

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vec

Happy banana. Really can't work out why one is looking glorious and one so poorly

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tn89uk

Have you planted yours outside? I might leave mine until next spring 😅

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vec

Yes @tn89uk my new borders are about 80% manure so thought I'd risk it ☺

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tn89uk

I've been babying mine lol I think I'll leave it in the conservatory for this winter 😂 keep me updated though, interested in how you get on. Fingers crossed 😊

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vec

I've been saving bubble wrap for winter protection, got enough hort fleece, just need something to wrap around all of that to keep them dry @tn89uk

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tn89uk

Yeah not a bad idea! I might try some hay too when I come to put mine out 😊

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vec

I've got lots of hay and straw here for the rabbits. Am sure they won't mind me pinching some @tn89uk I used the straw for the cannas last year and they all survived ☺

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tn89uk

You have cannas outside too?! Might have to look into this because yours are beautiful! Would love to add it to my collection 😏👍

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sandraescapes

Left mine outside last winter covered it in mulch seems OK. @tn89uk

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vec

Did you cut it down and/or cover it up ? @sandraescapes

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juliesgarden

Might wait til next year before I put mine out Julie , she's still a baby 😂😂

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sandraescapes

@vec It just died back. And I put a very deep. Layer of mulch over it. It is under the shelter of a tree and next to a wall facing south.

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