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Old 07-26-2006, 09:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default So guys....

where are your wives/girlfriends? It just seems kinda odd that there are so few of us girls here and so many of you guys? What's up with that? My husband is just getting into the banana thing, but he seems interested in only my largest plant, which we are hoping is an Ice Cream... and he's hoping for fruit. He'll lose some of his interest if we don't see bananas soon.

How many of you try to hide your "purchases"? It's just starting to get to that point for me. Or at least I'm beginning to feel just a twinge of guilt now and then. Hmm.. or maybe not.
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Old 07-26-2006, 10:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: So guys....

For the past 3 years or so I ran a side business in addition to my job, and so long as I had a job, my income from the side business was mine to play with - which means lotsa plants. She don't understand it, but she figures - it could be worse!

Now my side business *is* my job, so getting funds to buy plants and greenhouse supplies is a bit more complicated - but so long as I meet a minimum weekly "quota", I'm fairly safe. No hiding... yet.

And guilt? If I were staring at other women, I'd have reason to feel guilty. If I snuck off to the pub, I'd feel guilty, tho I'd likely drown the guilt. Buying plants? Naw! She knows it's something I love, and after all, it's a growing investment.

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where are your wives/girlfriends? It just seems kinda odd that there are so few of us girls here and so many of you guys? What's up with that? My husband is just getting into the banana thing, but he seems interested in only my largest plant, which we are hoping is an Ice Cream... and he's hoping for fruit. He'll lose some of his interest if we don't see bananas soon.

How many of you try to hide your "purchases"? It's just starting to get to that point for me. Or at least I'm beginning to feel just a twinge of guilt now and then. Hmm.. or maybe not.

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Old 07-26-2006, 11:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Im pretty Lucky here i own my home in Florence oregon
Bills are about 800 a month Plants well um If he only new plus I rent out a room .

ShH dont tell i may be having him move so I can use that room for more plants IM addicted Tammy
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Old 07-27-2006, 01:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Time for a 12 step plan?

After living in our house for 20 years I'm finally paying attention to the yard... and you expect problems w/ my wife?!
I think it has led to all sorts of projects from both of us- she is gardening for the first time, and is currently in the next room upholdstering a chair. That is such a novel idea I'm not sure I spelled it right.
How would the recovery steps go? 1. You need to admit your problem? 2. You need to appologize to those you have harmed? 3. You need to turn your plants into a bondfire of your vanities?
No! That last one was in 15th century Florence.

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Old 07-27-2006, 02:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Well I am single but that is because I am a 21, almost 22 year old student and I have't even thought about getting married or anything. So that is basically it for me. I grow all of my plants at my dad's house, which is where I started gardening in the first place.

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I have always been the "Gardener" in my family. My Wife will pot a few flowers each year, but that's about it. She loves these Bananas growing in our Backyard, especially since this year we have Bananas on one of our Plants!! I started growing Bananas last year when I was given a Banana Plant, by a friend. Little did I know it would turn into an absolute Obsession!! I love it when my Grandkids come over and say to me "Paw Paw let's go to the Jungle"..LOL !! I really love fooling with these Plants.... I might not feel the same way this Fall when I have to dig them up and store them In my Outside Bldg.

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Well I dont think I have to worry about my husband too much. He already thinks Im nuts because of my hosta addiction. When I started getting into houseplants, he just rolled his eyes. Now all I have been talking about is bananas and other tropicals and wondering what I can grow here in zone 5. He just shakes his head. But he is also a very big help. So far he has never said a word about the plants I have gotten and I dont think he ever will. But then I have never said anything about his X-Box , or his X-Box 360 and all the games he has.

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Old 07-27-2006, 09:19 PM   #8 (permalink)
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My wife totally love the garden I have created! No problems with buying whatever I want so long as we can afford it at the time.
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Mike.. a GROWING investment. I like that! And I'm envious of your job.

Tammy.. I won't tell, but if you get caught with another purchase and the eyebrows go up, immediately tell him you bought that for him!

Zac.. smart guy that you are.. I have 2 sons a bit older than you.. and 3 grandsons! And if you want to garden at my house.. I'm here in NC.

Frank.. wow! That's some growth you've had this summer. Things look great! How about an updated closeup pic of your naners? I gotta hand it to your wife though. She knows what she's doing. Getting the enjoyment of those bananas and you do all the work. Chalk one up for the girl! *LOL*

Jane.. you got a point there. Seems like in this society anymore we all overindulge in -something-. Some things just more healthy than others. But hey...

The other day when we were expecting severe storms with possible hail, my husband said if there was anything I needed to get under shelter, we better be getting on it because he wasn't going out in the middle of a storm. But.. he did it on mother's day so what makes now any different? I'd still hold open the door for him. *Hehe*
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Old 07-27-2006, 10:57 PM   #10 (permalink)
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OH Frank . I see 2 flowers in them Bananas to the far right . looks like a partial stock too?

What type are they Tammy
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"Hi, Honey, I'm home. Should I beat you or trim the bananas?" She chooses bananas every time. My wife isn't much into gardening, so I pretty much have a blank canvas to play with. Been gardening since I was in diapers. When I can't do it anymore, it is time to check out.
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You mean you wont let her beat you ?
men sometimes just dont let us women have any fun.
Remind me to call her and tell her not to ask next time .Tammy
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Carolina- Here is a Photo I took of the "Orinoco Fruit" a few days ago. They are growing pretty fast being the fruit stalk is so small (30 fingers)...


Tammy- Most of the Plants in the previous photo are "Tall Orinocos".



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Frank thats absolutly awesome .
How tall do those get ?
are they growable in Zone 9-9b We get very wet winters rarely got below 40 here in florence oregon where im 5 miles from the beach.Tammy
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Tammy....The one that bloomed this year and has fruit was around 10'.......They usually range from 8 to 14 feet here! Yes, I believe you could raise them there! They are pretty hardy and have beautiful foilage!! This Fall I will let you know how the Fruit taste.... Good Luck!!!


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My husband has no interest at all in gardening. The only time he even goes in the yard is to grill, or if I drag him out to look at something. Oh, or to get on the ladder to cut a bunch of bananas when I have some to pick.
Since he doesn't pay attention to the yard, it's easy to sneak in new plants. Although it's getting harder now because I've had to expand out into the lawn area.
People pretty much think I'm crazy with all of these bananas. Even my dog gives me a "look" when I plant a new banana.
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Old 07-30-2006, 03:26 PM   #17 (permalink)
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People pretty much think I'm crazy with all of these bananas. Even my dog gives me a "look" when I plant a new banana.

I know that Dog look .. I planted a Crown of thorns where "Partner" my sheltie liked to Dig under the fence . His look said Mom that wont stop me .
The next yr he had eaten the tree ...But hasnt Dug there again.

People around here say those wont grow here i say " Dont Tell my plants that they will die and It will be your fault"..

So now they just Look in amazement.
the kids are learning alot .
Someone stold one of my potted Citrus trees and Banana Trees ( IM pissed) yesterday i got a letter from the electric Company that since my gate is locked . they will Guess at what i owe for the month .
I was home all week why didnt he knock ?
SO im writting a nice letter with amount of Gate locks and replacement of the gate he broke .
the Cara Cara was 3 yrs old and Fruiting.the Banana was a Nice Pup i got from Millet in a 35 G pot and they tried to get my Huge Blue Cement pot too. its now Cracked .

Ill say this the Best Plants are in my Private area where the stealing took place No one goes there but me and the electric meter reader .
My Other plants are planted in the front where there is alot of work to be done . Its too bad they took them from me Instead of the others would of not hurt so much I feel I will get even.
Partner is old now 10 yrs old so i think a new akita puppy will be comming in 5-6 yrs
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Frank, those bananas look great. Okay, tell me how you mow around all of those!
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That's funny, I was thinking the same thing!
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After mowing in circles and circles and circles around all those trees... drink lotsa ginger tea so you don't lose your cookies.

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