It only LOOKS like a banana / Bay Laurel questions…

It only LOOKS like a banana / Bay Laurel questions…

Here are a few pics of two of my backyard residents.

It only LOOKS like a banana / Bay Laurel questions...

I picked this up at Buchanan’s Native Plants in Houston three years ago. It was labeled as ‘Bay Laurel,’ but the leaves are huge compared to the little dried ones I’ve picked up off of the spice rack. I’m pretty happy with its progress (about 10″ a year so far) and I’m hoping to see it flower eventually, but I think it would grow a lot faster if I just put it in the ground. The fragrance from the leaves is just incredible and I cook with it all the time. If anyone can ID it I’d be grateful! Also, any general info on bay laurel care would be great.

Here are some shots of my mother’s philodendron…

It only LOOKS like a banana / Bay Laurel questions...

It only LOOKS like a banana / Bay Laurel questions...

It only LOOKS like a banana / Bay Laurel questions...

This philodendron is at least 25 years old, and it was put in the ground about five or six years ago. It really seems to like the spot its in, and it’s flowering for the first time.. ever! The flower pods look like bananas, but I think they’re poisonous, right? Should I not put trimmings from this plant in my compost bed?

My Room

My Room

Pics and Commentary

Pics and Commentary

A hardy caladium

A hardy caladium

Harvested for tonights dinner- the beans are bush

Harvested for tonights dinner- the beans are bush

some of the lilies i spoke of yesterday :)

some of the lilies i spoke of yesterday :)

Weekly Garden Photos on Flickr

Weekly Garden Photos on Flickr