London goes bananas


London has enjoyed humid temperatures into the high 20c for the past few days and I have noticed how many nurseries  seem to be selling banana plants as a late Autumn addition to the garden. These are great for creating architectural shapes at a time when most herbaceous borders are struggling at the end of the season . However, many are not hardy so do make sure you protect them as we may be in for another cold winter.

Banana plants may become a popular site in UK gardens of the future. .

If this inspires you to grow bananas in your own  garden check out this link for ideas and advice

If you are looking for  bananas at a reasonable cost and live in or near London it is worth visiting the Crews Hill Garden Club which at the moment has impressive specimens starting from just £5.

 A word of warning though! Not sure about the Gardening Club’s carbon foot print  –   their web-site highlights the important issue of making sure we always source plants that do not contribute to raising  our carbon emmissions by being flown from countries all over the world.

“Our team of experienced plant buyers have again travelled the world this year to bring you a truly impressive range of plants for sale at very affordable prices, along with a comprehensive selection of gardening products including composts, chemicals, decorative items and gardening accessories”

What do you think about this lack of “green awareness” in the horticultural industry?

Do you think it would be a good idea to create a “green standard” that encourages more nurseries and garden centres to source their products, especially plants, in an ethical way and to encourage consumers to think about what they are buying?
Let me know your thoughts by posting a comment on this blog or by email at [email protected]
Debbie Scott Anderson


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