Ginger, glorious ginger

I ran into some people selling a couple of pots of the hedychium ginger they'd relocated in their garden yesterday ("garage sale day".) My God was it a gorgeous color: a deep, deep pink with a little orange in it--and those tall spikes ! I THINK it's a cultivar called Walt Disney that a nursery wanted to sell me for about $30. These people wanted $5 fo a foot-high, foot-wide plastic pot of the stuff. I can't wait to see the plants next summer--they were already mature, so they ought to bloom like crazy. zemedelec
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Lucky you!!!
IMHO there's more fun and pleasure from that kind of unexpected treasure trove in a jumble sale or charity stall, than any other way of acquiring plants. Some of my best finds have been a small cutting rooted in a faded old yoghurt pot, or a chunk of root wrapped in wet newspaper; often without a label. Sometimes the seller has cut a flower from the mother-plant and laid it on the stall to show what's promised; sometimes the only name they know for the plant is a local nickname. Like a plant I bought for 50 pence, labelled "Stormin' Norman"; which is better known as aeonium schwartzkopf.
:-)
Janet
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I used to have one of those aeoniums - beautiful plants!
I bought a pregnant onion (Ornithogalum longibracteatum) for a buck at a garage sale over 15 years ago. I've given its babies to many people, and the plant puts up a tall flower stalk several times a year. When the little green and white flowers are done with, the stalk makes a good toy for the cats to chase.
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<< Like a plant I bought for 50 pence, labelled "Stormin' Norman"; which is better known as aeonium schwartzkopf. >><BR><BR>
I love the local name. I bet it took off like a rocket! zemedelec
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