Work or Sleep?

“Work or Sleep?”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 


We have had another day of rain.  Hallelujah!  Yesterday we received another .7 inches of much needed rain.  Not only is the rain good for the plants, it does help cool things off a bit which makes it a little more pleasant for the humans.  The rain, however hasn’t stopped the activity in the garden.  The birds, bees and butterflies are still very active even if this gardener isn’t.


Bee on Cash. Bouquet (redu)


The bees have been very busy visiting the cashmere bouquet.  I haven’t seen too many honeybees around, just bumble bees.  I mostly see the honeybees at the birdbaths during the peak of the day’s heat, but the bumble bees are out among the flowers all day long.  Such hard workers.  They love the pink vitex and the agapanthas, too.  Butterflies are all over the place now that the weather has warmed up so much.  It is so difficult to photograph them since they never are still very long.


Bee on Pk Vitex (redu)


Of course, with all the recent rain, the frogs have been singing almost constantly.  The little tree frogs are all over the place and are still staying inside any flower that will hold them. Here is one peeking out of a daylily.


Plum Tree Daylily w Frog (redu)


Not every creature in the garden is active as the bees, etc.  Rusty, the garden cat, knows how to deal with the summer heat – find a shady spot and sleep the heat away.


Sleeping Rusty (redu)


So with the rain and the heat keeping me from working in the garden, a mid day nap sounds awfully nice.







  1. Janet said,

    June 30, 2009 at 7:46 am

    We had a good bit of rain early in the month and now we could use some again… 2 inches up for the month and bone dry!

    • Jan said,

      July 2, 2009 at 12:01 pm

      We are still eleven inches down for the year. I will have to start watering soon because rain is not predicted until next week. The rain we did get certainly helped perk up the plants.

  2. Randy said,

    June 30, 2009 at 8:08 am

    Jan, we still haven’t gotten any rain! You know I saw Cashmere Bouquet years ago and loved it. I never knew the name so I could never find it. That’s and 8 year old mystery that is now solved. 🙂

    • Jan said,

      July 2, 2009 at 12:07 pm

      Randy, I hope you get rain soon. I am so glad you finally found out the name of your mystery plant. This is clerodendrum bungei. There is also a clerodendrum fragrans which is also sometimes called cashmere bouquet but has a different flower. It also has the same fragrance as bungei.

  3. Phillip said,

    June 30, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Send us some of that rain. We haven’t a good rain in over 10 days.

    • Jan said,

      July 2, 2009 at 12:07 pm

      If I could, Phillip, I would send some rain. It seems like the entire southeast is dry.

  4. Sweet Bay said,

    June 30, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    I love the Cashmere’s Bouquet. Your cat looks a lot like our Tommy.

    • Jan said,

      July 2, 2009 at 12:09 pm

      Cashmere Bouquet is one of those old-fashioned flowers you do not see much any more, but it is a lovely flower that can take the heat.

  5. June 30, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Yes, I’m sleepy too just watching kitty sleep. You have such unusual plants and they are pretty. Glad you got the rain now send me some.

    • Jan said,

      July 2, 2009 at 12:10 pm

      Hot, summer days seems to call for naps don’t they, Anna? Hope you get some rain. Like I told Phillip, I’d send it if I could.

  6. June 30, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Awwww the kitty looks so cute. It’s amazing how cats can make almost any place seem cozy and comfty. -Jackie

    • Jan said,

      July 2, 2009 at 12:11 pm

      Jackie, it amazes me the places that cats will sleep in and still be comfortable. Right now, Rusty seems to favor shady, grassy areas. I guess those are the coolest.

  7. July 1, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Glad you got your rain. We have had too much lately, although today is dry. Your flowers don’t look like they are lacking though, just beautiful. Orange cats are the best. Smart kitty~ sleeping the heat away.

    • Jan said,

      July 2, 2009 at 12:23 pm

      Teresa, it seems that everyone is getting too much or not enough rain. I have been watering the garden to keep everything going. I think orange kitties are pretty special, too.

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