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Tuesday, 3 February 2009

A Banana Palm in My Garden

I consider myself very lucky because if I look up when I'm hanging the clothes on the line, this is what I see:

I'm looking forward to, if not actual bananas, the beautiful deep portwine-red flower bract this year.

Miscellaneous fact: I read somewhere that New Zealanders eat more bananas per capita than any other country.


  1. Oh I see - it must be warmer where you are (through the year) than I had thought then.

    *goes to look at a map

  2. I wonder if it's true that NZers eat more bananas per capita. Ted in Togo says he's seen more bananas than he ever knew existed little ones the size of a finger and ones as big as an arm.

    Thing is, they eat them right off the tree, so I don't know who'd be counting them...

    Are bananas grown in NZ as a big crop? Are many imported? Are backyard mini-plantations common?

  3. Katherine, is this you and your house and your closeline???

  4. It's warm in town EB, where I am, but we still had six or so frosts last winter, which set my hibiscus back....10 minutes up the road they get snow once every couple of years. It's a land of contrasts!

    Lori. Yep. The house you can see is the neighbour's. It used to be the gardener's cottage for mine. I like to tease him by calling out in a upper class accent "Paul, the roses need de-heading, be a deah."

  5. Dan, I don't really know if it's true. I read it somewhere once. New Zealand doesn't grow bananas as a crop. It's not warm enough. We import millions - mostly from Ecuador (Bonita) (118 million) and from
    the Pacific, especially Fiji (New Zealand imports almost the entire Fijian crop - don't know how many).
    There are certainly dozens of different types of bananas. My favourites were tiny 'Lady's Fingers' that I tried in Singapore once. Ted must be having a wonderful time!

    You know of course that 'Time flies like an arrow but fruit flies like a banana'.


  6. uh, . . ., er , . . .uhm, . . . who is the gal in the shorts?

  7. Um, er, me? And, believe it or not, I have a much nicer, smaller derrière than the shorts will lead you to think. Not that I really care. Much. (Methinks she doth protest too much).