31 Days of Life in my Hawaii Day 11:: Flowers in my yard: Red ginger

Whew — I was more than a little long-winded yesterday, wasn’t I?

Sorry about that; I’m going to give us both a little break today and just let the pictures do (most of) the talking.

We have quite a bit of red ginger growing in our yard, both front and back. Lots of us islanders include this plant in our landscaping, but it also grows wild in our rainforests, so chances are good you will see it when hiking in the mountains.

Just one stalk of red ginger in the center of the arrangement makes it “pop”

The color certainly adds a nice brightness to your outdoors, and the sturdy stalks, when brought indoors and added to an arrangement, will do the same for your home. Or wherever you want to add a decorative touch, which is why you often see it used for stage decorations.

And, this flower is probably the most common one you’ll see in cemeteries. So you’ll see buckets of red ginger for sale at most florists, making it easy for customers to pick up a bunch or two on their way to decorating their loved ones’ grave sites. For many people in the islands this is a weekly practice.

This is the eleventh post in my series, 31 Days of Life in my Hawaii. Click here to get the links to the other posts in the series.

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