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Gingers are blooming

Hedychium ‘Extendum’, a hybrid which was previously offered as a form of Hedychium gardnerianum. It is one of the largest and most robust of the gingers which may reach a height of 8′ tall and produces 1′ long spikes of fragrant light yellow flowers, each highlighted by a bright orange protruding stamen. Here in the Piedmont of North Carolina it begins flowering in early September and continues through October

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Fall continues to roll in.

Fall continues to roll in. The nights have cooled to the 60s and the days are barely in the 80s now.

It’s hurricane season. We have not had one come this far inland in years but it has happened before. It’s not always a bad thing. They clean out all the dead limbs in the trees and wash out the rivers of all the debris that has accumulated over the years. The last storm that made it inland punctured the roof of the house with a large limb.  I always wonder: Will this be the year?

The vegetable garden has produced its last few chilies and the tomatoes have long died. The basil plants are so large they are like small shrubs. I think I may be attempting to make pesto soon?


Winter is the time when I focus on the hardscape in the garden and attempt to correct any ideas about the layout of the beds that seemed to not work over the season.

Throughout the year I take pictures of ideas in public gardens or around town as reminders of elements I would like to have in my garden.

I particularly like this stone wall and capstone JC Raulston Arboretum installed in their lathe house. I would like something similar on the North side of the patio as that is the high end of my sloping property. It would provide a place to sit or display potted plants and also frame the bay laurels I have planted there. The cap stones are beautiful.


Garden spiders continue to appear out of nowhere! Beautiful yet creepy!


And Fall bloomers continue to create a beautiful palate of color and fragrance.



And I think ahead to next year and make my wish list:

I dream of gingers… the clump below are a peach-colored and  variegated leaved plant at J C Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University.


And the wish list becomes longer every day…


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Harvesting culinary ginger.

The first hard frost was this week. When I say hard I mean 25f. Our typical winter temps are about 25f to 30f at night and in the 30s or 40s during the day.

Frost has killed the foliage of the culinary ginger in the garden so it’s time to harvest the roots. It’s a shame, though, because one plant was beginning to bloom and its the first time I have had that to happen.

Below is the bud and a small pink flower was peeking out the day before the frost.


The plants are now mushy from frost and have fallen over.


I simply pull and the root comes up.


I rinse the soil off in a bucket of water then pour the water and soil back into the garden bed.


Now I need to trim off the roots and clean the remaining soil by hand.


Ginger will last about two months in your vegetable crisper in a zip lock bag. You can also freeze it in small portions so its ready to use. Other methods are storing is to store it in jars of vodka as if its pickled. I might have to try that one!




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