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Happy Hump Day, Borderstan

by Borderstan.com July 8, 2009 at 4:00 am 0

Close up of a Colocasia leaf in our back garden. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Close up of a Colocasia leaf in our back garden. They are commonly called “elephant ears.” (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

It’s Wednesday… at noon today we pass over the imaginary hump in the middle of the work week and then begin sliding toward another summer weekend. So, here is a photo of a lush plant to help you through the rest of the week.

About three or four years ago, we started planting Colocasia bulbs, which are commonly called elephant ears. They’re wonderful–tall, huge green leaves (no flower) and tropical. Being from South America, Luis is particularly partial to them.

After planting, it takes about two months for Colocasias to sprout, but they grow quickly. (You cannot leave the bulbs in the ground here during the winter.) You can buy Colocasia bulbs in the spring for about $10 each (some varieties cost more). It seems you can now find them at almost any nursery, garden center or chain home store.

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