Better Late Than Never

“Better Late Than Never”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

Just as most other bloggers have noted, spring-flowering plants here are at least two to three weeks late in displaying their blooms. Usually, by this time, the amaryllis that are planted in the garden have almost finished blooming. But, not this year. The first of the garden amaryllis finally opened up.

 

 

All the other amaryllis varieties are just showing buds or buds on short stems, so it will be a few more days or a week before we see those flowers.

I didn’t buy any amaryllis this fall for winter blooms, and I have regretted that decision. Since these flowering bulbs are just about one of my favorite flowers, I always eagerly look forward to seeing their blooms in the garden. Looks like I finally will be enjoying a few weeks of of their beauty.

A Lovely Sight

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

The Chinese wisterias are in bloom.

 

 

I have loved this spectacular spring-blooming vine since I was a child. This must have been a very popular vine in the 50’s and 60’s because I seem to remember seeing it growing in nearly every neighborhood. We had a next door neighbor who had a large arbor that was covered with wisteria flowers. I remember thinking that this looked so romantic.

I do not have any of this wisteria in my garden since it is just too rampant, but the neighbor across the street has it, so I get to enjoy it without worrying it will take over.

 

 

Every morning when I leave to go to work, this view is the first thing I see as I walk out the front door. Such a lovely sight.

Bathing Beauty

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

With all the fine, warm, spring weather we have been having, the birds have certainly been flocking to the bird baths. This little white-throated sparrow was having a grand time in the water.

 

 

This is dear hubby’s photo, not mine, that he generously shared with me so I could show you.

A Pink Favorite

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

This is my third blogging spring, and my favorite flowering tree has just started blooming.

 

 

We planted two Kwansan cherry trees just after we moved here, and, while they are starting to show their ages, they still produce the prettiest pink flowers around. Whenever we have a cold winter, they seem to bloom better, so this year should be a great one for flowers.

I am so happy that winter is gone and spring, with its accompanying rebirth, has become entrenched here.

Easter Blooms

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

I thought there was a chance that the Easter lilies planted in the garden just might bloom in time for today, but no such luck. The lovely Florida Flame Azalea is taking the lilies place as the Easter bloomer. This azalea just started opening its flowers and is putting on quite a show of gold.

 

 

This is only about the third year this plant has been in our garden, and it is doing well. I can hardly wait to see it in a few years when it is bigger. It should really be a standout then.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Easter and is able to spend time with their loved ones. I know that is the most important thing to me – being with my family.

Many Colors

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

It seems to be happening just as I predicted. All of a sudden, everything seems to be blooming at once. This winter’s holding on for weeks beyond normal has caused so many flowers to open quickly. Ones that should have bloomed weeks ago are now blooming with others that normally bloom now. What an Easter!

One surprise was the Mutabilis rose. As I was watering the area around this plant, all of a sudden, I noticed it was in bloom. Just a few days ago – nothing. Now, delicate flowers all over the bush. This China rose is also called the Butterfly Rose. An old-fashioned, single rose, this is known for its changing flower colors as the flower ages.

The buds start out a dark color.

 

 

The flower opens to a peachy-yellow

 

 

As the flower ages, it turns to a light pink.

 

Finally, a dark pink appears.

 

 

Every year when this rose starts blooming, I am amazed at how pretty all the different colors showing at the same time is. This year, I am amazed how all the flowers seemed to pop out all at once.

A Spring Pretty

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

The woodland phlox is starting to bloom.

 

 

This variety of woodland phlox (phlox divaricata) is also called Louisiana Blue Phlox and is one my mother grew in her garden when I was a teenager. There are other varieties, such as London Blue Grove, but the one pictured above is my favorite.

I bought a few plants, and my sister gave me some also, and as they are slowly spreading, I hope to one day have a whole border of these pretty spring flowers.

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