The morning humidity on my lens gave the gingers a soft and dreamy focus. It is a mishap that turned out well.
It looks even better in full size view.
The strong scent of the Butterfly Gingers (Hedychium coronarium) drew me across the yard this morning. Several were blooming and one was just perfect with all the flowers open at the same time. A cold front that came through dropped our temperatures to the mid 80’s (yes, that is a cold front for us) and allowed the flowers to stay on longer.
I was in the garden earlier than usual one morning and was pleasantly greeted by the strong scents of my blooming gingers. This one is Hedychium hybred “Pink V.
My most reliable ginger that has been with me for many years is Butterfly Ginger, Hedychium coronarium, which I believe has the strongest scent and can be detected from across the backyard. I had a neighbor that told me she could smell it as she walked by the front of my house. The plants bloom in the Spring and Autumn.
Because it was early morning, I was able to catch the scent of the Four O’Clocks, which bloom in the early evening. These flowers have a wonderful fragrance and are great to plant near a porch or patio. Oddly, I have never seen hummingbirds or bees on them. Maybe some night I will stay up and see what pollinates them.
Another night bloomer, is Evening Primrose, Oenothera grandiflora, and was collected by William Bartram. It has an usual scent that is an acquired taste. I never really saw any pollinators on this Primrose, until I spotted what I believe to be a green bee, which I hope my reader that is a bee expert will let me know. Anyway, the bee was really working on the flowers and when I passed by later, it was still gathering nectar.
I look forward to my morning garden tour and being greeted by a scent, new bloom or a backyard critter.
Well, really my Ginger collection. It does look a lot like corn and a gardening friend told me a funny story about her daughter who was getting married in her mother’s backyard. The daughter stated that she did not want to be married by her mom’s corn field. The mother knew, of course, that the Gingers would be full of beautiful white blooms with a heavenly scent for the wedding. After her wedding day, the daughter changed her opinion on her mother’s corn field.
Today’s flashback highlights flashy gingers. The exotic plants sport vibrant colors and wonderful scents. Enjoy!
Early this morning the sun was hitting a newly opened Camellia making it picture perfect. I hurried to the house to fetch my camera, and the earth turned. The moment was lost. Scanning the garden, I found the sun was now highlighting a Butterfly Ginger. So that became the shot for the day.
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Early this morning a beautiful scent brought a greeting from across the garden and led to a stunning Butterfly Ginger.
This Hedychium coronarium provided a wonderful start to the day.
Butterfly ginger ( Hedychium coronarium) seed head.
The open pod looks like a flower with hot tropical colors.
A seed head just about fully opened on the stalk forming a spectacular ending for the ginger.
Butterfly ginger (Hedychium) caught in the early morning sunlight.
Pink Dancing Lady (Globba)
Shampoo ginger (Zingiber zerumbet) before it ripens.
Shampoo ginger is now nice and red.
Curcuma ginger with tiny flowers of a different color emerging from the cone.
Emerald Choco ginger (curcuma)
Spiral Crepe ginger (Costus). The plant grows a red stem in a spiral twist. When the white flowers are finished, a red cone stays behind.
Curcuma garnet, a hot combination.
Gingers are such an interesting group of plants. Their leaves are beautiful and the flowers are multifaceted. Some bloom in the spring and others bloom in the autumn. The ones pictured on this post are currently blooming. Several are blooming for a second time since fall has arrived. Highly scented ones, like the butterfly gingers, can have their flowers brought inside for potpourri.