A Look Back

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

With the end of the year just a few hours away, I thought it might be a good time to look back on 2010. This has not been an easy year around here, and in many ways, I am happy to see it go.

January brought unusually frigid weather which knocked many plants back. Several of these plants took months to recover, some taking until summer to show up. But, as soon as the cold weather was gone, the camellias were back and blooming prolifically.



February brought a slow awakening as the temperatures returned to normal. Narcissus flowers started showing up along with other plants ready for spring such as the holly ferns unfurling their new fiddleheads.



March brought flowers galore. Daffodils, azaleas, flowering pear trees, and the lovely Japanese Magnolia.



April showers brings May flowers to other areas, but April brought the high flowering season to the Gulf Coast. Azaleas, roses, irises, wisteria, and amaryllis all seemed to show up at once. The pink climbing rose I received as a cutting from my mom was emblematic of the month.



May brought lily season. There were day lilies, Easter lilies, Madonna lilies, plus others. Again, it is the old-fashioned ones from my mom that I like to remember best.



June brought the beginning of our hot season, and while the temperatures were not as high as 2009, it was still very warm. The daylilies were still going strong and were joined by the hydrangeas, gladiolus, agapanthus and crinum.



July brought on the heat and with the heat comes fewer flowers, but thank goodness for the ones that love the high temperatures. Daylilies were still blooming and were joined by the clematis, ginger, and hibiscus.



August brings some of our highest summer temperatures, but while many flowering plants are on hiatus until cooler weather arrives, there are still some brave plants that bloom in the high heat of summer. Usually, these flowers are viewed from inside an air conditioned house. Thank goodness for the gardenias, gingers, cannas, night blooming cereus, and mandevilla vine.


September brought more hot temperatures but with the waning of the month, you could tell that the high heat of summer was over. This month showed my first blooms of Sweet Autumn Joy, a new plant for me. Also continuing to bloom were the night blooming cereus, gingers, and cat’s whiskers. The first of the lycoris showed up towards the end of the month.



October brought cool temperatures and many plants start flowering again, but it is the fall bloomers that really stand out. Showing up this month were Confederate Rose, fall blooming salvia, and cassia tree flowers.



November brought lovely weather and, for us, that means cooler than normal. Cool flowering annuals that will bloom in the spring are planted during this month. Violas, snapdragons, and petunias went in the garden this month. November is sasanqua camellia month around here, and we were not disappointed. With so much dying back this month, it was nice to have new flowers.



Finally, we are down to December. Early in the month, the hibiscus were blooming but late December brought unusually cold temperatures here as just as Mother Nature did to most of the country. The violas, snapdragons, and petunias planted last month weathered the low temps with no problem. And, to close out the year, the paperwhites were blooming – so the cycle of the year in flowers begins again.



Today is a rainy, deary day, and it was nice to look back and remember the lovely flowers that bloomed in my garden this year. As this year ends, I look forward to 2011 with the attitude that it is going to be a good year.


  1. Patty said,

    December 31, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Hope your new year is wonderful.

  2. January 1, 2011 at 12:28 am

    Your garden was beautiful this year Jan! Happy New Year! May this be your happiest gardening year yet.

  3. kanak7 said,

    January 1, 2011 at 4:03 am

    Happy New Year, Jan! I enjoyed going through your pictures. You did grow some of the most gorgeous blooms!

    • Jan said,

      January 1, 2011 at 6:32 pm

      Thanks, I just hope this year will be as successful.

  4. Janet said,

    January 1, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Love your year in review…..the Lycoris makes me sad…I ordered 10 Red Lycoris and 5 Painted Ladies, went to plant them (finally) and couldn’t find them. Yes I waited a while, but so far they haven’t turned up. I could have sworn I put them on a shelf in the garage……but no. Maybe next fall I will be better organized. For now I will enjoy your pictures.

    • Jan said,

      January 1, 2011 at 6:31 pm

      Oh, how disappointing. I did this with some gladiolus bulbs a few years back. Found them in July.

  5. RobinL said,

    January 1, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    How lucky you are to have flowers out in your garden for every month of the year! It’s just not possible here in the north, but the only months that are missing are January and February, and December is pretty iffy. My garden was gone by late November this year, but the last two years I still had a few things blooming in early December.

    • Jan said,

      January 2, 2011 at 7:40 am

      I do know I am a very lucky gardener to be in a mild climate, Robin. It is so lovely to have at least a few flowers around all the time.

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