Late Summer Garden

“Late Summer Garden”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 


By the end of summer the garden has grown into the lush setting I envisioned in the late winter.  This is the first year that plants are large enough to have filled in just about all areas of the garden.  The back corner  is an example of this.  You can’t even see the neighbor’s yard next door.



To the right of that area, it is just as thick.



The beds surrounding the patio echo the same verdant growth.  I can hardly believe that just a few years ago every thing seemed so small with big spaces between plants, and now look at it.



I just hope that TS Gustav doesn’t turn into a big hurricane and hit us, ruining the garden and much worse.  I really am worried about this storm.  Even though it is days away, the authorities are already talking about a mandatory evacuation.  I would hate to have to go through a Katriana all over again.  Though it is too early to tell where it is going, I am trying not to worry and am hoping it just fizzles out down in the Caribbean.  Please, keep good thoughts for the Gulf Coast.



  1. Patricia Louque said,

    August 27, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Your garden looks wonderful. I really enjoy seeing all the filled in areas. I hope Gustav stays away or at least fizzles out. I will be praying for you.

  2. Jan said,

    August 28, 2008 at 4:31 am

    Thanks, Patty. We have all our little ducks in a row, so we are prepared but hoping Gustav stays away. This morning’s models shows the track has shifted away from us a little, but it is still too early to know for sure where it will eventually land. It is the waiting and the uncertainty that is making everyone so nervous.

  3. linnie said,

    August 28, 2008 at 7:53 am


    the first thing I did this morning was tune into the local weather. I am also worried about this storm. Until in enters the gulf we won’t really know what path it is going to take. I have to admit I have “Katrina stomach” this morning but I am hoping and praying for the best for all of us along the gulf coast.

    Linnie in Destrehan, LA 8/28/08

  4. tina said,

    August 28, 2008 at 10:20 am

    It sure is lush and verdant! Amazing how quickly things grow. Best of luck with the TS coming. Batten down the hatches.

  5. August 28, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    I’ve only recently began blogging, so I am not very familiar with you, but I see you are in Louisiana. Where you wiped out in Katrina? You’re garden is lovely, and doesn’t look like it’s ever been in a hurricane! It is so lush!

  6. Jan said,

    August 28, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Linnie, I know what you mean. It is just the uncertainty of everything that makes everyone anxious.

    Yes, Tina, we are going to batten down the hatches. Looks like it might come here.

    Nola, we are about 30 miles north of New Orleans. When Katrina hit, we had no flooding, but the tree debris was something else. We lost five big trees that were uprooted or snapped about 15 feet up from the ground, but we were so lucky that every one fell parallel to the house. Of course, there were branches, limbs, leaves and pine needles everywhere. It took three eighteen wheeler dump trucks to haul off all the yard debris just from our lot. Two of our neighbors had pine tree fall on their houses which ended up being torn down. One of them just moved back in their new house this spring. As for the garden, it was not damaged too badly, but it has been three years so it has recovered well.

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