As "Hurricane Irene" started it's howling way up the coast of Florida we got some of her winds and rain.
During the night she breezed past Florida, she sent the best winds and some rain into my area and thankfully,
Irene did not want to mess with Florida...
She did blow down my one Banana trees with fruit, not yet ready for harvesting.
The only thing I could do was chop the remaining stock down.
I have a butcher knife saved from my catering days and it's so useful in the garden. Banana trees are just a "whack" and down they come.
The stump will dry and fade away, only to have a new baby come up in it's place.
I do have another banana tree flowering. From this point of blooming I estimate December for it to be ready to pick it's wonderful fruit. Just in time for my annual gifts of "Banana Bread" to the neighbors for Christmas.
Although this bunch of bananas are not yet ready for picking I read that if you put the bunch in a dark room for at least two weeks it should ripen without any problem. This bunch was estimated to be picked at the end of September so it has a few weeks.....
Right now it's in my store room just sitting there.. I will tie a rope to it and hang it today. Then wait for the first sign of yellow.
One good thing came out of Irene, we this past few days have a nice breeze and the temps have dropped to give us a bit of a break in the hot steamy weather, we have been having for the past two months. We down here sit and wait all during Hurricane Season for the next one.. I did notice there are two lined up like ducks out in the Atlantic.. Oh, that is for another day to think about...
I'm truly sorry for anyone who was hurt or lost property during Irene's rampage up the coast. Sending all the good vibes I can muster for everyone involved.