Showing Signs of Life

“Showing Signs of Life”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

Saturday was the first day in about four months that I was able to get outside and work in the garden. This past fall there were too many rainy weekends and, just like everyone else, the winter has been too cold to be outside doing garden chores. It felt so wonderful to be outside making the garden ready for spring.

Of course, it is not quite time to plant any annuals, so I spent the time cutting back every thing that had died during the last big freeze. All the ginger had to be cut back, the both the variegated and green shell ginger as well as the butterfly gingers. I cut back the rest of the agapanthus and trimmed back the toad lilies as well as some of the bamboo.

One thing that surprised me while I was cleaning up was the signs of life. It has only been in the last three days that we haven’t had at least a light freeze, so seeing any signs that there is life in the cold ground is nice. Most of the garden seems to be dormant, but the butterfly ginger is already sending up shoots.



The toad lilies are sending up new plants, too. I don’t know if these new ones are seedlings (I let the seed heads stay on) or if the clumps are spreading. Either way, I can always use some more toad lilies.



Some trees are starting to show swelling flower buds, so it won’t be long before the peach trees and Japanese magnolias will be blooming. Spring is on the way!


  1. Janet said,

    February 21, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    great signs of spring!

  2. February 21, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Life goes on in the garden whether it seems dormant or not. Our garden is covered with 60 cm of snow, but I am sure there are tulips already out and just waiting to pop the flower at any more suitable temperature 🙂

    • Jan said,

      February 22, 2010 at 6:55 pm

      Ewa, it always amazes me how tender leaves can suddenly show up with just a little bit of warmth after days of cold. While cold weather is returning tonight, I don’t think it will be enough to stop the forward march to spring.

  3. Lana said,

    February 22, 2010 at 9:51 am

    I saw people at nurseries this weekend, gearing up for Spring. Made me think of you.

    • Jan said,

      February 22, 2010 at 6:56 pm

      Lana, I would love to be shopping for plants now, but it is still a little too early to be planting anything unless it is something like pansies.

  4. Melody said,

    February 22, 2010 at 11:13 am

    We had nice weather yesterday too, although it is raining today. I cut back a lot of perennials. Didn’t get to the gingers, bananas or grasses though. My husband worked on the raised veggie bed and potato bed and put up another bird feeder. It was a great day:)

    • Jan said,

      February 22, 2010 at 6:59 pm

      Melody, the last few days have been wonderful – sunny and warmer. Rain came through this area last night, but we only received .08 inches. It is supposed to turn colder, but it will be more seasonable. No real cold, so I am looking forward to working in the garden after work. Sounds like you got a lot accomplished in your garden.

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