In December and January, Costa Rica can be a very breezy place. The wind can shred the broad green leaves of banana plants into fringes. And whether it’s windy or not, leaves die and turn brown all year round. So every three or four months, our gardener trims the banana plants to neaten them up. Right now we have about 10 huge bunches of bananas growing on the plants surrounding our house. We’re just waiting for them to ripen and the monkeys to discover them!