Thursday, January 19, 2006

Ginger plant flowering

The ginger plants are now in flower and the scent is wafting onto the veranda. I wish there were a way to make a file of aromas so you could click on a link to smell the flowers, just like you can upload voice and video files to hear and watch...

These flowers are about 30 cm (12 in). We've had the plants for more than 30 years. They were in our first garden, and we brought rhizomes with us to each new garden. Gives a very tropical look. You can also see a birds nest fern on the left, and a (struggling) tree fern on the right. Too much competition from the 40 year old elm!

7 comments:

Kerri said...

I envy you the ginger plant. My mum used to grow so many things including both the ferns you mentioned, but I don't remember her ever having a ginger plant. It's lovely. Also love the taste of ginger....yum!

Sharon said...

The perfume of ginger lilies is justbeautiful I too used to have them at my old address... In the summer nights the waft of the perfume especially after they were watered was just heavenly...

Val said...

You know The Blog Brothers that we enjoy so much...coincidentally Robert (the one who lives in Japan) has a post today on his own blog about the manuscript of On The Road! And a link to the San Francisco Journal article. On http://pureland.blogspot.com/

Val said...

Kerri, unfortunately these are not the kind of ginger you eat. Too bad, as the rhizomes are huge.

Sharon, one thing we haven't done in this garden is to have ginger planted outside the bedroom to take full advantage of when the perfume is strongest. Must do that!

Val, thanks for reminding me of the Blog Brothers - I keep a watch on so many blogs now, it's getting harder to keep up. I'll definitely see what they have to say about On the Road.

Thanks for the comments, guys!

Jude said...

That ginger plant is very impressive - not one I am familiar with - there are just so many varieties. The ornamental one that grows wild in the hills near here is coloured blue. I've never had much luck growing gingers - apart from the Asian edible variety called Galangal.

Val said...

Wow, Jude, I thought that this would have been a common variety up in Queensland. I do like the sound of blue ginger flowers. Wonder if they have such a strong scent as this one. These are fairly common even in Melbourne, and clump up very quickly.

Stuart said...

Val - great plant. I'm so envious. I would love to have a ginger in my garden.

Jude - What a shame you can only grow gelangal!!!!