Just Gingers

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Gingers have worked out really well in the Automatic Garden.  They are happy in the gumbo soil (heavy clay) and are troopers in the heat and cold.  Best of all, the plants reproduce on their own. When other flowers are taking their summer rest, Gingers really shine.

 

White Angel (Curcuma parviflora) is my most reliable bloomer and has never let me down in the many years it has graced the garden.  The original plant grows larger every year and has reproduced.

*Run your cursor over the photos for names or click to enlarge photos for the slide show.

 

 


Rainy Day

We have had several days of rain in the area and today was our big day.  So far we have had about 3 inches, but other parts of the city received at least 8 inches.  I went out to clear a clog.

We have a French drain that carries the rainwater across the yard, down a drain to a pipe and out to the street.  It doesn’t take much to clog it.

The birds were hungry on this wet day and while I was taking care of them, I noticed how pretty my gingers were glistening with rain.  The gingers are Hedychium coccineum.


Dazzling Disneys

The Hedychium coccineums, otherwise known as Disney Gingers, are dazzling this year.

The Gingers are blooming a little earlier this season,  due to rain and an early Spring.

The Disney Gingers have really multiplied this year and have very robust flowers. Quite a few haven’t bloomed yet, so the show will be extended for weeks.


Morning Surprises

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This stunning White Texas Star Hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus) made its presence know this morning by putting on a surprising show from across the yard.  It had been struggling, not blooming and mostly forgotten.  Today it received full attention.

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A “Disney” Ginger was spotted peeking out from behind the fence.  Click on the photo twice to find it.

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After further investigation, a small colony of escapees were found.

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This Hedychium coccineum ginger is a good choice for the Automatic Garden.  It just needs some directional guidance!