“A Day in the Garden”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
Today was a gorgeous, spring day here on the Gulf Coast. I was able to work in the garden all day. First thing this morning, I fertilized all the cool season annuals which is definitely helping them to stay blooming. Next, I tackled the patio garden. I cut out all the old holly fern fronds (two garbage cans full that went on the compost pile), weeded, and dug out some blackberry vines that had shown up as volunteers. Tomorrow, I am hoping to start cutting back the lirope that edges the beds.
This year we did have some hard freezes, but I am surprised at the plants that made it through just fine. Most of these are tender perennials. All of the white wax begonias are coming back, as are some of the red wax begonias. The Lady in Red salvia is coming back strong, and one plant is putting out flowers already.
The white Lady Banks rose should be blooming any day now.
The wild white onions are blooming in the lawn. This really reminds me of when I was a child, and my father would mow the lawn for the first time in spring. Boy, you really could smell those onions.
And, the violas are still blooming, and I will be sorry to see them go when the hot weather starts. Pansies and violas are my favorite flowers. I love all the colors they come in, and besides, they seem like such happy little flowers.
Well, tonight is the night when we spring forward our clocks for daylight savings time, but after working out in the garden all day, I don’t think I’ll be springing out of bed tomorrow.