This gigantic leaf is a new "personal best" for me in the "big leaf" category. It's my Red Banana, Ensete maurelii.
Normally, I would have planted elephant ears, Colocasia esculentum, in the pots where I planted these. But on impulse, I snatched up the banana plants instead, not realizing how big the leaves would get, or that it would lead to this personal best.
This particular leaf is about 31 inches from top to bottom.
And it's about 14 inches across.
Yes, that picture is upside down, thanks for noticing, but that's how I had to turn it so the numbers on the yard stick would be right side up.
It was a tough evening with the camera.
This Red Banana isn't a native plant around here (you noticed that, too?) but I still think it counts as my personal best for big leaves.
I've noticed that whenever I write about one of the earliest, latest, tiniest, ugliest, or whatever-est in my garden, people assume I'm competitive about my gardening.
Not so! I just like to keep records of stuff like this.
So, do you want to see one of the tiniest leaves in my garden?
How about this little... wait right there, I need to go look it up...
It's Veronica repens 'Sunshine' and it's in my miniature garden where I've placed all the smallest plants in my garden.
If this isn't the tiniest leaf in my garden, it has to be pretty close to it.
By the way, the red banana leaf also wins the prize for "reddest" leaf in the garden.
Any 'ests' in your garden?