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.
Gingers enjoy our hot humid summers and don’t start to bloom until the heat is really on. I was surprised to see that the Pink V had been very busy reproducing. There were about 14 stalks blooming that had multiplied from the single original plant. The Curcuma, White Angel, is one the hardiest gingers, never failing to come back year after year. It multiplies and each clump gets bigger with age. During those horribly hot days of summer when many plants stop blooming, is it always a pleasure to see the tropical flowers of the gingers.
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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.