Summer Has Arrived

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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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