Summer Has Arrived


Well, at least on the Gulf Coast where the seasons are measured by temperature.   A sure sign that our “summer” has arrived is the emergence of the Kaempferia gingers or Peacock gingers.  This is an Alva, its large leaves quickly unwrap.


Gingers will not sprout until the soil is hot and there is enough moisture or in other words, the beginning of a Gulf Coast summer when the temperature and the humidity percentage are in the 90’s. This is Silverspot, a prolific spreader.


The rhizomes of Peacock Gingers are close to the surface and move around from year to year.  It always seems like a miracle when the gingers reappear.  Jungle Gold has been very reliable.


The rhizomes of this Brush Strokes have really spread out.  Occasionally, gingers are moved to an entirely new location with the help of animals and birds.  A few were recently rescued from a natural area outside the fence.

Summer is here and it is time to remove the spring plantings and shift to the plants that can take the heat and humidity.


4 Comments on “Summer Has Arrived”

  1. David says:

    Those are some beautiful Keamperias. Nice job! Yes, Happy Summer to you. David/:0)

    • Thank you! I am so glad you commented, as I wanted to let you know blogspot will no longer accept my comments. Not sure why as it did before. But, I wanted to let you know that I read and enjoy all your posts. I am looking forward to seeing how your sunny garden turns out! Have a great summer.

  2. We had summer for a couple of weeks and then for the last 10 days or so it’s been sort of April ridiculously rainy again. There goes the corn!!!

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