“Getting Back to Normal”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
Looks like we are finally starting to get back to normal, garden wise. The cold weather of late December/early January really did a number on the garden. I had damage to plants that had always pulled through our cold weather before with no problem. But, now, finally we seem to on track. We still are getting cool weather, but only our normal lows. This weekend was the first time I was able to get out in the garden.
I had two Blushing Knockout roses to plant, but before I could plant them, I had to dig up and transplant a small lorepetlum. Just being out in the sunshine and being able to dig in the ground really lifted my spirits.
What I also found encouraging was the new blooms I found in the garden. The lorepetlum are blooming.
The winter honeysuckle is also blooming. It must have started earlier this week, but with all the rain, I was unable to get out in the garden. This, along with the forsythia, are the first plants to break dormancy and bloom.
It is amazing to me how just these little flowers are able to get me thinking of spring and planning what to do next in the garden.