It’s getting close to the Vernal Equinox. Spring will begin March 20th. It’s time for an update on how the plants weathered the winter here in Florida. We had several weeks of below 60 F (15 C) which may sound ludicrously warm to those of you who have received a lot of snow. Sorry about that. I had to lug several of my potted plants into the house at night, such as the aloe vera, the crown of thorns; New Guinea impatience, and my young banana plants. It was a pain in the toches but well worth it in the long run.
As you can see in the photos above, everyone’s doing fine, even “surely should be dead” hibiscus, though she is still devoid of many of her leaves. The crown of thorns and the impatience continued to bloom all throughout the winter. I dug up four young banana plants (pups) , put them in pots and cut the tops off. They started growing shoots within 24 hours. Once they outgrow their pots I’ll plant them in the stand of banana plants.
The ICBM palm missiles have grown handsomely. My neighbor has yet to mention the two missiles growing in his palm tree. This morning I spotted another missile taking shape on the other side of the larger missile (a.k.a., “‘Fat Man”) which, annoyingly, is on the neighbor’s side. I will try to get a photo of that one somehow.
The second missile, with its pointed nose, can be seen to the left of the stem; the large stem being between the two missiles. As you can see the first missile, “Fat Man”, looks ready to launch. I wonder what the intended target is: Iran, North Korea, Iceland? One can only speculate. There are rumors about Indian Bingo; the Gateway Arch and one of those three-letter agencies.
I haven’t given an update lately on mostly dead tree. She’s due to be cut down sometime in March. We will miss her. There will be a memorial post following her demise.