The Tropical Border – 5th Year

Each year, I hope that the Tropical Border will improve on the one before; that it will produce more flower, more stature, more oomph. And mostly that's what it has done over the past five years ... except perhaps this year.  Overall, 2016 hasn't been its best.  It still looked pretty good though and the unfurling … Continue reading The Tropical Border – 5th Year

The Tropical Border – 3rd Year

Mid September already? It seems just a few short weeks since I lugged a large Musa basjoo out of a greenhouse; since I stripped the straw protection off those I'd left outside. Only a little while since I wheeled out Colocasia esculenta and hefty red bananas (Ensete maurelii). Hardly any time at all since I … Continue reading The Tropical Border – 3rd Year