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.
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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.
This year many of the Gingers decided to bloom again in the Fall. Maybe they liked all the rain. This Hedychium hybred “Pink V” has nearly perfect flowers.
The Hedychium coronarium “White Butterfly Ginger” have also been putting on a spectacular showing and sending their scents throughout the garden.
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.