Ginger lilies are my favorite flower, but so are irises and just about anything that smells good. Maybe it’s the challenge of getting a ginger lily to bloom that makes me love them.
My mom had them growing in her yard and they just about took over the back yard. They reproduced like crazy and you could smell their glorious fragrance when you walked out the door. Their blooming season was almost all summer in Louisiana.
I grew them in pots in Kentucky and Missouri and in Kentucky, I once got one to bloom.
Wouldn’t you know it . . there’s one fixing to bloom here and I’m about to leave for a trip to see a little girl’s first day of first grade!
I doubt it ever makes it to a bloom. You can already see that a grasshopper has been munching on the bud.
I may try to make a “splint” of sorts and put a stocking around the bloom and see if I can help it survive. Darn those grasshoppers. They are just awful. I’ve never seen them this bad and that’s saying a lot after the summer of 2012.
Any suggestions as to how to save that bloom? The greenhouse temps are about 140 inside, even with the windows open so that’s not an option. Because of the big porches on our house, there’s no window that gets enough sun to keep it growing. I really want to see at least one bloom of this plant this year.