Jasper man enjoys tending to his colorful masterpiece
by Elane Jones
Aug 23, 2012 | 3121 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Delano “Dale” Banks, a 79-year-old Jasper man, stands beside the large flower display he has grown on a gazebo on his property. Photo by: Elane Jones
Delano “Dale” Banks, a 79-year-old Jasper man, stands beside the large flower display he has grown on a gazebo on his property. Photo by: Elane Jones
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Although his friends brag about the work of one local man’s green thumb, he doesn’t see it.

Delano “Dale” Banks, 79, of Jasper has problems with his vision and can’t see the masterpiece he has created around the gazebo he built six years ago, but he’s still proud of it.

“I don’t see well enough to know exactly what it looks like, but people tell me it’s beautiful,” Banks said. “I just know the flowers are pretty big because I work with them every day.”

Banks, who lost his wife about 18 months ago, keeps himself busy by working in his garden and flower beds,

When asked what his was secret to getting such beautiful flowers, he said, “I just give them plenty of water and a little liquid fertilizer from time to time, and Mother Nature does the rest.”

Banks has several large hanging baskets of wax geraniums hanging around the top of his red cedar gazebo, as well as massive coleus and wax geraniums filling the flower box that surrounds the bottom.

There are also some very large pots of wax geraniums on either side of the carport.

One would think all that flowering foliage would be attractive to a variety of birds and bees, but Banks said he doesn’t get very many visitors, except for the annoying kind.

“Last year I had about 50 or so hummingbirds coming by, but this year I have seen a half a dozen,” he said.

“I don’t know what happened to them. About the only thing that has come around this year is them ol’ pesky yellow jackets.”

Whether you are a hummingbird, yellow jacket or human, everyone would agree that Dale Banks definitely has a green thumb.