Spring means clean up!
This time of year is garden clean up, many bananas will have to be removed as well as the papaya, to make way for expansion of the palms. As our garden grows the removal of banana and papaya takes place one at a time. One reason why I planted them, is that they were fast growing and provided much needed shade, as the palms grow taller, they are doing the deeds of the before mentioned plants. Last year I removed a grove of bananas and replaced them with Rhapis excelsa (Lady Palms). Today I removed the last Carica papaya tree in this area of the garden. The high for today was 71°F with lots of South Texas sunshine!
Some plants growing in this area starting from left to right are: Wodyetia bifurcata (Foxtail Palm), ferns, Rhapis excelsa (Lady Palm), Thrinax parviflora (Mountain Thatch Plam), Radermachera sinica (China Doll), Livistona chinensis (Chinese Fan Palm), Dracaena marginata (Dragon Tree), Philodendron sp., and Livistona decipiens (Ribbon Fan Palm).
Image taken February 4, 2001
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