Sunday, October 10, 2021

Banana Bouncing Back


Take a look at our Chinese banana tree. It rebounded just fine after last winter's freezes. Now it's so lush and big we can barely get around it! We vowed to take better care of it this winter but the leaves will inevitably die back, I think. (It's so large I'm not sure how we could cover it all.)


Indoors, one of our Thanksgiving cacti is already blooming away -- at least part of it. The other three all have buds. The one at the top will be the same color as the middle one, and the one in the foreground on the floor will be a sort of salmon pink/orange. Beyond that you can see a smaller plant on the bottom shelf -- that's a rooted cutting sent to me by blog reader Frances last year. It should eventually bloom white.

I'm surprised we have flowers already. Is there such a thing as a Halloween cactus?


Yesterday, Olga got excited at the prospect of a walk, so I thought I'd take her to the cemetery. But no! She was insistent that we walk southward instead, and she took me down the gloomy and somewhat scary Billy Fury Way.

There's more vaccine graffiti on the right. Remember how I wondered earlier if a similar piece was anti-vax? Well, seeing this, it's a definite yes. That's a "No Entry" traffic sign behind the needle. (The piece I pictured in that last post has since been painted over, by the way.)


I have no idea why Olga wanted to take this particular route, but she seemed happy with it, and then we went home.


Finally, I set up the garden cam a week or so ago, and captured more footage of the local fox(es). I apologize in advance for the indelicate footage of the fox relieving itself. What can I say? Nature! There's also a nice daytime shot of one of them, showing off the color of its fur. (I'm unclear whether this is one animal or several. I know there are multiple foxes around, because we hear them quarreling at night.)

My cold is still with me. It's not terrible but it's uncomfortable. I spent most of yesterday morning on the couch reading, and I plan to do so again today.

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  1. Great to see the fox in the daylight.

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  2. It still fascinates me that foxes are so common in your city garden. But it does look like a tropical paradise.

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    1. They really are all over the place in London.

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  3. Perhaps you can cover the banana tree with an old sheet whenever a frost/freeze warning goes up.

    Mr Fox, like most dogs, is simply marking its territory. :)

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    1. A sheet might work, and we have king-sized sheets so they should be big enough.

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  4. Fox Toilet Cams!! You could start a trend.

    And that path looks a little iffy, and the name, Billy Fury Way, doesn't help!!

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    1. Billy Fury was an early rock n' roll singer, kind of the British Elvis. He recorded at the old Decca records studios near that path -- hence the name.

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  5. I love seeing the foxes again. I also like those blooms on the thanksgiving cactus.

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    1. The Thanksgiving cacti never fail to impress.

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  6. You've created a jungle for the foxes! I bet they love your garden the best of all the gardens around.
    Keep resting!

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    1. It really IS very jungly back there -- our wilderness zone!

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  7. I love seeing the foxes there. They must really love your garden so much.
    I hope you feel better soon, Steve. Take care there.

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    1. I think they'd love it more if we didn't have the dog! She still sends them fleeing every now and then.

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  8. sorry to hear you're still laid low by your cold. rest and fluids. dogs know what they want. Minnie has been wanting to go down the road at the end of our street for a while now but it's always too late in the day by the time it's cool enough for an extended walk but last night I let her lead me along. and you might think Billy Fury Way is scary but it looks interesting to me though I suppose scary people with no good in mind could be easily hidden.

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    1. Olga has become more and more certain about what she wants as she gets older. She's downright obstinate.

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  9. Billy Fury Way does look a bit scary. But your plant life continues to thrive, clearly well tended.

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    1. We haven't had to do much lately -- the garden pretty much takes care of itself at this time of year.

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  10. I must take a look at my Christmas cactus to see if it has buds.

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  11. I've never seen a fox in the wild, so I find it very interesting.

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    1. Come to London! They're all over the place! We used to have one near our house in Florida that lived in a culvert beneath a driveway.

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  12. Your fox is beautiful. Thank you for sharing. My cactus plants blossom on and off throughout the year. That's an adorable photo of Olga on the walk. Glad to hear you're getting lots of rest for your cold. Enjoy your day, hugs, Edna B.

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    1. You must have a different type of cactus -- or maybe a few different types? Ours always bloom in October and November, and then that's it until the following fall.

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    2. (Our Thanksgiving cactuses, I mean. We have a couple of other regular cacti that sometimes bloom in the spring.)

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  13. How fun that you have a "garden cam"! (we call that a game cam around here) Lovely to see the fox in the daylight. Red foxes are so pretty.

    Good for Olga for making it clear where she wanted to walk. Indulge her!

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    1. I'm sure it's marketed as a "game cam," but since we're not hunting anything it's a "garden cam." :)

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  14. Olga rules! You will walk where she wants to walk. Resistance is futile.

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  15. She Is So Damn Cutie - What A Look - Heal On Brother Reed

    Cheers

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  16. Olga looks so sweet. She is a good girl. I know it. Do the foxes do any damage to the garden, or do they limit themselves to arguing and fertilizing?

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. They don't do nearly as much damage as the squirrels. The foxes smell a bit pungent but they don't hurt the plants.

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  17. We had a fox visit our deck the other night. The next door neighbor has a closed circuit camera installed on his deck and he happened to be sitting out there watching the trains run by below when he spotted the fox coming down our back stairs. He swung the camera around and caught it as it was moving around our garden railroad. It apparently came onto the deck to feed out of the cat's food dish.

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