Showing Up Early

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

Warm weather has returned, and it has brought some spring flowers. Most of the ones that have shown up have come up earlier than usual. Considering the consistently cold temperatures we have had until just recently, it is surprising that they are blooming already.

The forsythia is showing a few flowers before its expected time, and a few of the small narcissus bulbs have opened flowers, but the one that really surprised me was the white Lady Banks rose. I pulled up in the driveway late Friday afternoon and couldn’t figure out what that white “thing” was on the rose canes. A quick walk over to that area, and I just couldn’t believe that a Lady Banks rose had opened up. This rose blooms in the spring, but never in January. Though it was only one small flower, it did lift my spirits because nothing beats spring flowers after cold winters. All these early flowers is just a teaser of things to come.



The first of the spring narcissus (paperwhites don’t count because they start blooming in November here).




  1. donna said,

    January 17, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    The big white thing is a beauty, especially in the month of January.

    Happy 2012, Jan.

  2. January 17, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    There have been some daffodils blooming here as well. Your Lady Banks Rose blooming now is pretty wild.

  3. Fran said,

    January 19, 2012 at 5:30 am

    Cute little daffs.

  4. January 22, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Hello Jan –

    When I read about your forsythias and see your daffodils I must admit my feelings swing from envious to impatient back to being content again. We are smack dead center in the throes of Old Man Winter here in East Central New York State. It’ll be around 12 more weeks before we see any signs of daffodils or forsythias -maybe longer for the forsythias.

    I can’t complain about this winter, as we’ve had it easy in terms of snowfall. Not much here -but there are varying amounts in other places. West of here usually gets hammered by the so-called ‘lake effect’ snow off of Lakes Ontario and Erie. We’re far enough away from there to only see an occasional squall that doesn’t amount to much. Here, around Albany and Saratoga Springs, has been pretty moderate so far this season.

    My only hope is we don’t have to pay back for this easy winter in April. It is not funny when it snows here in April -as it sometimes does.

    Enjoy your blooms -Ours are on temporary ‘hold.’

    • Jan said,

      January 23, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      Dave, I hope your spring comes early, too. While we rarely have a freeze in February or early March, it is not unheard of, so I am holding my breath for a few more weeks because if there is a freeze all this new growth could be toast.

      • January 23, 2012 at 7:27 pm

        Yes, thank you, Jan. Good luck with your blooms. I hope the cold weather spares you for the rest of the season. Another week or so of January and you might be ‘home free.’

        It thawed here today and should be as warm tomorrow. It rose to 40 deg. with some rain.

        Years ago I spent a winter in Biloxi, Miss. I remember it wasn’t all that cold but it got really damp and it would go right through you. It’s all relative though. Here we just put on more clothes when it’s cold and shed them when not so cold.

        It is really a good feeling, in late March usually, when winter releases its grip and the frost goes out of the ground. When the sun warms it up you can smell the earth and see signs of life. It’s just a few weeks away.

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