“Earlier Comeback”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
We still are having mild temperatures, so summer has not arrived here, but when looking around the garden, I am surprised at how filled out it is already. It seems that summer time lushness has already arrived. Daylilies are blooming or filled with more fat buds ready to burst open than ever before at this time of year.
Even returning plants seem to be at summer growth levels already. Examples of this are the impatiens, toad lilies, and ajuga. In fact, this is the best the ajuga has been since I put it in the garden years ago.
Lest you think that all is perfect here, there are a few things that still seem to be waking up slowly from winter’s chill. Firespike is a good example. It freezes to the ground every winter, but does reliably come back. However, it does so slowly and, unfortunately, starts blooming very late in the summer, so that just about the time the blooms are getting numerous, it is near our first freeze date. Very frustrating.
This year more than ever before, the garden has seemed to bounce back faster from winter’s grip. I know part of that reason is that we had a fairly mild winter, but another part is probably that the garden has matured to the point that plants are finally getting to the size I imagined they would be when I first planted them.