Walked about awhile today at Brookside Gardens. It rained a bit but not too much. Their bananas are hail shredded like mine. Their's in a storm a couple weeks later than ours. Most of the bananas we saw had two undamaged leaves while ours have three or four. I heard about that storm but we had only heavy rain.
This aralia is a beautiful plant but we likely won't plant it in the Asian Collections. The seeds are produced in numbers and disbursed generously by birds. It's a great plant though. This one is part of the recent redesign of the area surrounding the Conservatory. The plantings have been in a few years now and are coming into their own. We were only there an hour or so but I didn't see a great deal of damage from hurricane Irene.