Already Here

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


Today was the first day of spring, but it was not our first spring day.  We have been having mild weather for weeks now.  So much is blooming and more is coming.  Today I noticed the first buds on the Stella d’Ora daylilies.  Even I was surprised to see the small stalks with buds.




This first calla lily flower showed up yesterday.




These are some of my favorite flowers because of the sculptural quality of the blooms.  They always seem so cool and elegant.




Finally, another sign that spring has sprung extra early here is the reappearance of the sweet potato vines.  Margarite has shown up in several areas, and Ace of Spades, which always comes back late, is also pushing up a few leaves.




So, even though the calendar says that spring arrived today, here, in the Gulf South, spring didn’t pay attention to any calendar.



  1. Janet said,

    March 21, 2009 at 7:05 am

    Jan, I am amazed you can leave the sweet potatoes in the ground and they come back. I think they would get too soggy? Guess not! Love the Callas. They look like something a bride should carry.

    • Jan said,

      March 21, 2009 at 11:02 am

      Janet, there are so many plants that are really tender perennials and not annuals that overwinter here. I have impatiens, pentas, blue daze, Mexican heather and even wax begonias that have survived the winter and have started blooming in the last week or two. Sometimes, it even surprises me that things return year after year. Those sweet potatoes are at least four years old, maybe older, and have luckily returned each year.

  2. Brenda Kula said,

    March 21, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Oh, I wanted to get some sweet potato vine in Lowes today. But the lines were so long I backed out. I have to get some of that luscious chartreuse green as a backdrop to my other flowers. Love the look of your “sculptures.”

  3. Jan said,

    March 22, 2009 at 6:00 am

    Brenda, I know how those lines can be which is why I rarely go on a Saturday. If I do go on a weekend, I make sure to arrive as soon as they open so that I don’t have to deal with a crowd. Isn’t that calla lily just perfect? I love it too.

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