“Disney Ginger”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
Just like other parts of the country, we are suffering with the heat. Yesterday, I didn’t even go outside. Of course, I had watered the garden very well Saturday, or I would have had to go out in the blistering sun to water my poor, hot plants. Right now, at 11:40 AM the heat index is 116 degrees. I just finished watering all the garden plants, and I am dripping (and it is not from the hose). So far, everything seems to be doing okay and not succumbing to this heat.
Even with the heat, a new plant has started blooming. It is a new ginger I bought about a year ago at the New Orleans Botanical Garden Show. It is Disney ginger.
Hedychium coccineum ‘Disney’ or orange brush ginger is the newest ginger in my garden. Living in a mild climate allows me the luxury of growing many of these lovely, tropical-looking plants. This particular ginger is only about five feet tall and has only two stalks but, I am sure, that as it gets older, it will spread and get bigger. The flowers open all at once and are fragrant attracting butterflies and bees.
One more thing I like about this new flower is its color. I never used to like orange flowers, but lately they have really grown on me. I don’t know if it is just me or what, but it does seem that lately orange is becoming a popular color in more gardens. I never thought I’d say this, but bring on more orange.