Winter White

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


So much of the country is covered in snow and freezing temperatures right now. Reading so many northern garden blogs, this Deep South gardener doesn’t know how they make it through those days and days of subfreezing weather. Of course, cold temperatures are relative. Here, on the Gulf Coast anything below 40 degrees is considered frigid. The last few days, the highs around here have been in the forties, and the lows about 30 degrees. Because we grow so many tropicals, this is considered very cold weather.

While there is no snow cover here, we still have some winter white around. This white, however, consists of flowers, not snow.


Iceberg Rosa




White Sasanqua


Tonight is supposed to start even more cold weather coming through for the next four or five days. Some weathermen are reporting temperatures down into the teens where I live, but then other sites are not predicting temps that low. I wish they would hurry up and find some consensus on the low temps so that I can adequately prepare to take more extreme steps to protect the garden.


  1. mothernaturesgarden said,

    January 4, 2010 at 8:48 am

    When we are locked in to cold weather, it is so nice to visit your blog and drool.

  2. bangchik said,

    January 4, 2010 at 9:18 am

    a sweet choice of white flowers…. snowy white!! ~bangchik

  3. January 4, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Always growing is the perfect name for your blog Jan! Lovely blooms! Lucky you! Hope it does not get too cold for them! Carol

  4. nancybond said,

    January 4, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Your winter white is beautiful — quite different than the winter white outside my window. 🙂

  5. Janet said,

    January 4, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Hope your plants make it through this artic blast in good shape. Love the Iceberg Rose. (and the others too! )

  6. Lona said,

    January 4, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    I would much rather see your whites than my snow any day.
    The white White Sasanqua is so pretty.

  7. Lana said,

    January 4, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    You know, I have to say, even some of the lovely, drying grasses & dying wildflowers provide their own kind of beauty these days. (Then again, so long as we’re not getting sn*w, I think EVERYTHING’s beautiful! *L*)

  8. vrtlaricaana said,

    January 5, 2010 at 1:38 am

    Cold is so relative feeling. Below freezing point is normal and expected temperature here. But unfortunately, we don’t get such lovely flowers this time of year.

  9. Jake said,

    January 5, 2010 at 1:58 am

    Cold here and from what I have read only going to get colder. This will be a winter to remember I believe. You have a lot of white plants in your yard, don’t you? It is also funny to see the Paper White’s already blooming in your garden.

    Try to stay warm,


  10. andré said,

    January 5, 2010 at 7:31 am

    I would definitely prefer to have the white spots in the form of flowers instead of snow. Here in Sweden it has been colder than normal and the entire country is now covered in snow.

  11. fairegarden said,

    January 5, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Hi Jan, such beautiful whites. The camellias are always enticing, hope they are not damaged by the coming cold. We are suffering from teen temps too, brrrr.

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