Does Anyone Know What This Is?

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  1. Diane Lane

    Diane Lane Very Well-Known Member
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    Thanks, @Yvonne Smith I look out that window every day, and never saw it before today, so it must have bloomed fairly recently. I've heard of canna lilies, and knew it looked somewhat familiar, but couldn't figure it out. Wow, that's pretty tall! If they get that tall, I won't be able to see the tops, other than from my bedroom (2nd floor) window! A bonus is that I found out that next to that is a ginger plant. I never would have thought my neighbor would have a ginger plant, but sure enough, it even smells like ginger. Hopefully some roots will grow, and I can snag some for free, because I'm sure he won't be using them. :D
     
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    That is awesome @Diane Lane , I tried planting some ginger root; but the last time I checked, it had not sprouted. It is in one of the large planter pots; ssi I need to check it again and see if it sprouts.
    Can you keep ginger outside down there ? I am pretty sure that it will have to come inside in the winter here.
    I have an orange tree and a lemon tree that Joyce McGregor gave me, and they have to come inside this winter; so I put the ginger root in with the orange tree.
    Here is a picture of the tall canna. I think that I dug up some of the roots on this one and replanted them; so there was only one stalk.
    I have some other plants; but none as tall as this one is. You can see the top is up by the roof edge.
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    Yes, everything stays outside down here. We just cover up plants a couple of nights a year, when a frost is due, but we usually only get a few soft freezes per Winter, and the occasional hard freeze. If they're in the ground, they usually do fine, it's the ones in containers (which mine are, other than my palm) that don't do as well, but mine have all survived so far. I'm in hardiness zone 9a http://www.plantmaps.com/usda_hardiness_zone_map.php That's a tall plant! I wonder how tall they get? It'd be pretty crazy if I could get one to grow up to my 2nd floor. I'm going to have to look up ginger, maybe I can sneak a piece of his and grow my own from it.
     
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    Your photo looks like either a butterfly bush or possibly a lilac. Both are loved by butterflies so make wonderful additions to your garden. Sometimes you will even see hummingbirds sipping their necter. If it is a butterfly bush, they come in several colors to include the color you show in your picture pluse white and a reddish color.
     
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