Thursday, 24 March 2016

GINGER LILIES IN OUR GARDEN

With the arrival of Autumn, Melbourne gardens are at their best again. A wide variety of flowers, many of them fragrant, grace the gardens of the suburbs. Our garden is no exception and we have a large variety of roses blooming (the fragrant ones being: 'Tatiana', 'Perfume Delight', 'Fragrant Cloud', 'Just Joey', 'Mr Lincoln', 'Double Delight', 'Friesia'). As well as these, there is the Summer jasmine, the loquat tree, myrtle, Mexican orange blossom, and of course ginger lilies - all of these flowers being very fragrant also.

Hedychium gardnerianum (Kahili ginger, Kahila garland-lily, or ginger lily) is a plant native to the Himalayas in India, Nepal, and Bhutan and is in the Zingiberaceae family. It grows to 2.4 m tall with long, bright green leaves clasping the tall stems. The very fragrant pale yellow and red flowers are held in dense spikes above the foliage. They appear towards the end of summer.

Ginger lilies have flourished in the wild in Australia and are now considered an invasive weed here and in NZ. Ginger lilies generally have yellow flowers but can also be hybrids with cream, orange, red and white flowers.

If you celebrate Easter, my best wishes for a peaceful, happy and restful holiday!

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.



5 comments:

  1. Beautiful and very lovely flowers...

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  2. That is a really interesting and really lovely plant!

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  3. I have never seen a ginger lily before. It is gorgeous.

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