If I had to guess, I’d say most of us love anything that blooms. I even get excited about tomato blossoms so you know I’m pretty hopeless when it comes to anything that will bloom. We have the wild flowers here but getting regular flowers .. bulbs and things like that .. this place is pretty brutal.
One of my favorite flowers is the ginger lily.
This is part of a blog post I wrote about them when I was growing them in Kentucky:
We’ve been in Kentucky for eight years and, without fail, sometime in late summer I have this conversation with my mother (who knows how much I love ginger lilies!)
Mom: You should see my ginger lilies. They are all blooming. Blooms everywhere!
Me: Good! What have you been doing?
Mom: They smell so good! I love walking outside in the morning and smelling those flowers!
Me: Good. How’s dad?
Mom: I have so many more blooms than I had last year.
Me: Good! How’s Kristy and the girls?
Mom: Remind me to send you some ginger lilies and you can see if they grow there.
NEVER happened! So, when we were home last spring, I grabbed about five bulbs, brought them home and planted them in pots. I will bring them in when it gets too cold and I will have ginger lilies forever!
In Louisiana, they’ve been blooming for several months now but my first bloom opened this morning and it smells SOOO good!! I wish I could offer a “scratch & sniff” button here but . . you’ll just have to trust me.
I didn’t dig any of them up in Kentucky so I never tried to grow them in Missouri and I’ve not tried to grow them here. I should have dug some of mom’s ginger lilies up when I was in Louisiana in January . . but I didn’t.
Tonight a friend posted on Facebook about a really neat looking garden center near them and I said . . that’s it! I’m ordering myself some ginger lilies. Easy to Grow Bulbs had several varieties and I ordered two varieties that are different from the ones mom has. Maybe next time I’m there I’ll get some from her. Maybe the ones I ordered will survive here. Maybe some day I’ll have some gorgeous, fragrant ginger lilies blooming. They need at least part shade. They need water. My chances of success are slim but . . if I don’t try it, my chances are zero so . . I try it and I hope!