Summer Has ArrivedPosted: June 6, 2014
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.