Friday, 31 October 2014
We swapped the sunny and cooler conditions of Wednesday back to milder, duller and damp conditions on Thursday. A little overnight rain brought our monthly total up to 40.8mm a little bit less than we might expect in October.
Our banana plant musa basjoo has spent the last couple of winters outdoors with very little protection. It’s reckoned to be hardy down to -15°C so I’d expect it to survive outside especially last year when the temperature only got slightly below freezing in any case.
The border where the banana was growing is undergoing a refurbishment and I'm not too sure our banana plant will fit in any more so it’s been potted on and moved into the greenhouse for over winter. Although the plant survives outside it can be late starting into growth in the spring and early summer and it might struggle to justify its place in our new border. Its future at the moment is unsure. It may well become an extremely large pot plant.
Our greenhouse is now filling up nicely with plants that are either making it their new home or finding a more protected spot in which to spend the worst of the winter weather. I've still got to find space for another two large tubs of parsley and mint which will be used to provide us with some fresh herbs through winter.
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 09:24