UP Under Bananas

How bananas grow continues to intrigue me. I did a search so I could use the correct names for each part of the banana flower but unsuccessful – even though I learned a whole lot. So without correct botanical names, I love how bananas grow from very tiny stamens (?) under the large purple petals (?). What I did find out is that these baby bananas are the female flowers. I have been told that there are bananas ripening outside my kitchen window in Florida – just waiting for us to arrive. We have had a hard time learning how to best get them to ripen, so I would like to get there to try putting an apple with them in a brown paper bag. It seems like apples give off a gas that promotes ripening.

This post is brought to you by Becky’s “SquareUp” photography challenge for January.

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge #103: Surprise

Would you like a bananananananananana?


I walked around a corner at the Naples Botanical Garden and was surprised by this very long hand of bananas. I don’t know why I hadn’t seen it before. Help yourself – there are plenty.

If you want to participate, everyone is welcome at Leya’s.

Magic Bananas


Isn’t it magic – how bananas grow on a tree. I’m so glad I paid attention in biology class in high school because there it is, how nature reproduces itself. See all those little bananas just getting started. See how they grow – so when you want just two from the display at the grocery store, you have to break them off. That dead stuff hanging off each banana is the flower – it comes off easily.


Who would guess that all those small flowers under the purplish bract will grow into bananas – without pollination.


These look like they could be ready to pick to ripen in the house. I found these three stages of bananas growing at the Naples Botanical Garden. How they grow is so different than what I am accustom to in the northern part of the country. It seems that it takes being someplace new to help us experience the magic of all growing things.

This is the link to the Daily Post prompt of “Magic”.

B is for Bananas

I have always lived in a cold zone – the zone 5 growing area. This is where we grow apples and pears, and the tulips and daffodils get a lot more than 5 weeks of cold. It is where we buy oranges, lemons and bananas in the grocery store. Oh so many years ago we visited grandma and grandpa when they lived south of Orlando. That was before Disney, when there were groves of orange trees instead of hordes of people. I learned about the smell of orange blossoms and growing oranges on trees.

One of the surprises of spending winters in zone 25 are the bananas growing next to my kitchen window and in the botanical gardens. The banana plants by my window haven’t produced yet but there are lots of bananas growing in the Naples Botanical Gardens. Click on a photo to get an up-close view and to view the third image that for some reason isn’t showing the gallery.


Frizz would enjoy your photos for the letter B this week. You can participate by clicking here:  http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/tagged-b-2/

Walking Delights: Banana Tree

I don’t like exercise – I think I have written that somewhere else. I’ve never liked exercise, maybe because my body doesn’t exercise with grace or comfort. Exercise is work, it makes me sweat, it hurts, and it isn’t much fun. I’m changing, however, and have found that I feel a lot better if I exercise a little every day. It doesn’t have to be much – just 10 minutes of walking results in less pain and fatigue during the day plus I sleep better which also decreases pain and fatigue. Here is my commitment. I will walk or ride my bike 5 days a week – allowing two days for my muscles to heal if they need it.

Walking has become much more fun now that I have a purpose. I love trying to capture, with my camera,  the beauty that I’m seeing and then sharing with readers of my blog. I also find that I walk a lot further when I have my camera because there is always something interesting up ahead. This is especially true now that I have the unfamiliar of being in a sub-tropical region of the US.

I didn’t have to walk far for this first photo. It is a banana tree that my neighbor is growing – I have one growing outside my kitchen window but it is very small and doesn’t have any green bananas. Last year Marianna gave us a bunch and they were sooooooo good.

Those are brand new bananas starting to grow at the top of the purple blossom – a purple pedal had just fallen off and this is the fruit that is ripening. A process that is so familiar but also a wonder when we see it happening with a fruit that we see most every day but haven’t watched it grow.

Sorry this is posted a day late. We stayed up to watch the Detroit Tigers get beat last night and I got distracted and tired. Congratulation fellow bloggers on the west coast. Your team played excellent ball.