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Patience rewarded

29 August 2017 23:08:46

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Well, it all started about 4 years ago when after a flurry of gardening visits and events I found among the treasures I had collected something with no label and no clue as to its identity. Just a few leaves on a stalk .... so i asked on the site and someone suggested it was probably a ginger and that not all gingers were hardy. 

So I cossetted it for a couple of years - into the greenhouse every autumn, out again every spring. It grew lots more stems and leaves - it divided itself into several plants but that was all it did.

Last year I gave it a good talking to. No more cossetting. Sink or swim you can stay outside in the Tropical Area. 

And guess what? It took me seriously! A couple of weeks ago I noticed one of the stems looked a bit different .... yes, definitely a bud. It seemed to take forever to develop but it finally opened today! And I am so thrilled because Elizabeth7 just put up a photo of the same ginger - so maybe I will get a name for it at last!

The really exciting bit is that four out of the six stems also have buds!

That's what I call a result!

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JoanG JoanG 30 August 2017 00:02:57

Amazing what a good talking to can do for a plant!  Great result Hazel and I hope you get a name for it now. 

LindaB LindaB 30 August 2017 07:44:35


Jackie Jackie 30 August 2017 07:44:56

Wow that's fantastic. And well done on being so strict with it, it certainly paid off!!  Gingers are on my list. Especially after seeing Elizabeth's and Peters and now this Hazel. Delighted it's flowering for you. Well done! 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 30 August 2017 08:12:08

I'd be so excited too.  

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 30 August 2017 09:37:49

Hazel, it is Hedychium gardnerianum and so pleased your patience resulted in it flowering. A beautiful plant.

TerriShoos TerriShoos 30 August 2017 17:25:42

Sometimes you just have to be firm with kids and lay down the law! Well done you. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 30 August 2017 20:44:08

Thanks everyone! I'm really delighted to have such a pretty addition to my Tropical Garden" and thank you Mary for the name!!!!

fraoch fraoch 30 August 2017 21:14:21

Fantastic, Hazel. Nothing like giving them a good talking to!

Scrubber Scrubber 30 August 2017 21:20:33

Joy unbounded but well deserved! Well done Hazel! That will make it all the more precious.


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