Getting Ready for Summer

This post, “Getting Ready for Summer” was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

Everything seems to be growing well, now.  Even though it is still spring, things seem to be settling in, with warmer temperatures not too far away.  This weekend I will pull out the rest of the pansies.  They are starting to get very rangy and not blooming as well as just a few weeks ago.  The petunias are doing okay, but it will not be too long before the heat will be too much for them, and they, too, will have to go.  I can’t complain though.  Both the pansies and the petunias have been in since October.  That is a long season for annuals to stay around. 

This weekend I’ll probably start planting a few summer annuals.  I have started planting more perennials that bloom in succession so that there is color all year in the garden.  Every year I am having to plant fewer annuals.  There are, of course, some annuals that I think I will always plant because I like them so much.  Coleus comes to mind, as does that workhorse for the shade garden, impatiens.

I am already planning what perennials I want to plant next.  I’m looking for more LA Irises like the above photo, more daylilies, more amaryllis, and more flowering perennial vines.  So it seems like in the heat of summer I’ll be planning what I need to plant in the fall.



  1. Ki said,

    May 1, 2008 at 4:39 am

    I see you are an inveterate gardener-always looking for the next plant 😉 Very lovely and healthy iris.

  2. Jan said,

    May 1, 2008 at 4:54 am

    My hubby would say its a sickness, but I tell him it is a hobby that makes me happy and is cheaper than going to casinos.

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