I had this bright idea that we should plant some red ginger on the side of the house so that my mom would always have flowers when she makes her visits to grave sites. Art was concerned that ginger might spread too much. "Don't worry," I said "I'm sure it won't."
We went to visit my aunt (my mother's sister) yesterday and she very kindly dug up some of her red ginger for us. She also gave us some swiss chard from her garden, turkey soup to keep us healthy and videos for my mom. We can never leave her house empty handed. Everybody should have an aunt like her. She's got boundless energy...even more than my mother which boggles my mind since I can hardly keep up with her!
I just looked up red ginger in Wikipedia and this is what I discovered:
Red Ginger (Alpinia purpurata), also called Ostrich Plume and Pink Cone Ginger, are native Malaysian plants with showy flowers on long brightly colored red bracts. They look like the bloom, but the true flower is the small white flower on top.
Its two varieties are called Jungle King and Jungle Queen. Red Ginger grows in Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and many Central American nations, including Belize. It is also found in Samoa, where it is the national flower, and is locally called "teuila."
Red ginger can also be grown in South Florida since, in general, the region does not fall below freezing temperatures. It prefers partial shade and moist humid conditions, although it can tolerate full sun in some climates. It tends to like to be well watered and not left to dry out.
Ginger can also be grown as a houseplant and its cut flowers can be used in arrangements.
Ginger tends to spread. (Uhhhh ohhhhhh....)
My aunt says Poochie never listens to her. He didn't pay much attention to me either. He preferred to just sit in the shade of his little house and ignore me. Apparently, my cousin is his favorite. My cousin is the pilot who got us the tickets to AUS-NZ very, very cheap. He also helped us install our kitchen cabinets. Everybody should have a cousin like him.
Well, here's the spot where I'm putting it. I've asked my brother to help me plant it this weekend since Art is busy working on installing flooring right now. Everybody should have a brother like him, too!