Now, They Decide to Bloom

“Now, They Decide to Bloom”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 

In early June, I planted most of my summer bedding plants, but unfortunately, many did not do well.  I was very disappointed that most of the Amethyst Ice torenias died.  I think when the high heat hit in mid June, they were not established enough to make it even though I kept them well watered.   Anyway, out of about twelve plants, three made it through the summer but they produced very few flowers.  Now, in almost mid December, they have started blooming, just in time to get frozen when the first freeze hits which shouldn’t be too far away.




Maybe, they’ll make some seeds before they freeze back, and I’ll have some free plants in the garden next spring.  I just wish they would have decided to bloom before now.

Surprise Snow

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

Snow was predicted for South Louisiana, but I really didn’t think we would get any.  Living this far south, it rarely snows and never this early in winter.  Last year, it snowed on December 11th which created quite a sensation since that was the earliest snowfall we ever had since weather records started being kept.

Anyway, the weather service said there was a chance of snow/sleet/rain mix, and, sure enough, about eight o’clock the rain started, then ice, then a little snow.   Most of it melted as soon as it hit the ground and just about everything was gone by early morning.  Since it never got below freezing, the garden wasn’t damage.  I have coleus plants, which are one of the first plants to go in a freeze, standing tall and looking fine.

There was still a little snow around at eight o’clock this morning, but it was melting fast.  A neighbor’s roof had snow and now their Christmas icicle lights looked appropriate.

Because of all our tall trees, just about the only frozen precipitation left was in containers or on plants like this corn plant.

When the snow started falling a few days ago on my blog, I never dreamed it would show up for real.  Too bad the surprise snow didn’t last just a little longer.

Thank Goodness For Toad Lilies

“Thank Goodness For Toad Lilies”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 

The weather lately has been pretty bleak.  No real cold weather, but a damp, rainy chill.   Just enough to keep me out of the garden since I seem to have a sore throat and don’t want it to get worse.  Not much is going on in the garden except for the falling of the pine needles which is good because I use them for mulch and the mulch in some areas of the garden is getting a little thin.  The winter annuals have not started blooming well since they were just planted, and there are few other blooms right now, but one plant that is really putting out the flowers is the toad lily.


These are in the side garden in front of a large stand of bamboo.  I started with just a few plants from a neighbor about three years ago, and now have an area of about five feet by three feet covered with these small orchid-like flowers.  One of the nice things about toad lilies is that they are such easy to care for plants.  I really have to say that I do nothing but water them occasionally and every now and then throw a little compost on them. 



The ones pictured above (Tricyrtis formosana ‘Gilt Edge’) are evergreen for me while the first ones I bought (Tricyrtis hirta Miyazaki) have finished blooming and are starting to die back.  I am glad my neighbor shared these with me, I really appreciate these flowers when no other flowers seem to be around.

December Muse Day

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

Today is Garden Blogger’s Muse Day, day to post a poem relating to gardening , nature or whatever strikes you.


Nobody Knows This Little Rose

by Emily Dickinson


Nobody knows this little Rose —
It might a pilgrim be
Did I not take it from the ways
And lift it up to thee.
Only a Bee will miss it —
Only a Butterfly,
Hastening from far journey —
On its breast to lie —
Only a Bird will wonder —
Only a Breeze will sigh —
Ah Little Rose — how easy
For such as thee to die!





Thanks to Sweet Home and Garden Chicago for starting Garden Bloggers’ Muse Day.  Stop by for more nature poetry.

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