Saturday Gardening

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


Here’s a little update on the tree frogs.  I was able to snap a photo of one of the little guys this morning.  Considering there are so many of them, it was surprising to find only one to photograph.  I guess they are camera shy.



I saw on the internet a story about a town that is being inundated with tiny toads about the size of our treefrogs.  A biologist said it is because of all the rain from TS Faye that the toads laid so many eggs at one time and now they have all reached a size where they are noticible.  I bet all the rain we had from Faye, Gustav, and Ike made favorable conditions for an abundance of treefrogs here.


I was able to work in the garden today.  This is the first time in almost a month.  For the last three weeks, all the gardening I have been able to do has been storm cleanup.  Today, I planted the Louisiana Irises I received Friday, cut back the yellow lantana that was taking over the circle garden, deadheaded the asters, retied the Mutablis rose to the trellis (it came loose in Ike), cleaned out the yellow daylilies, and cleaned up the border edges of the circle garden.  Then I watered everything because some plants were starting to wilt, and I figured it was too dry.  An hour or so after I finished, it started raining.  Oh, well, it is a soft, steady rain, and we can use it.


Our local government had a crew come by yesterday and pick up all the storm debris we had piled on the end of the driveway.  Now, our yard looks almost like it did before any of the storms showed up.  Because we have a circular driveway, we did not have to place the debris on the lawn.  I feel bad for the neighbors who had to put everything on the lawn because now there are bare spots some of which are very large which will not fill in this late in the year.  Some lawns look really sad.


I am hoping that the rain stops soon so that things will dry out for tomorrow.  I still have a lot of gardening to do tomorrow.

Finally Finished

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


Well, it seems as if Hurricane Ike was not as bad as predicted.  Texas is still here.  I am so glad that there was not more damage.   I know that there will be some people who will not have electricity for weeks and that is tough.  Without a generator, you can’t survive two to three weeks without power.  Hopefully, it won’t be too long before they are back to normal.


We finally finished cleaning up our yard from Gustav and the new debris that Ike brought.  Hurricane Ike delayed the pick up of the green debris, but the local government should be around this week to haul it off.  We were told to place it on the edge of the street, and, luckily, we have a circular driveway, so we could place it on concrete and not ruin the lawn since the pile is about fourteen feet square and about four feet high.



It was overcast all day, so it wasn’t too bad working outside though drier air would have been appreciated.  I am hoping that I will be able to work in the garden tomorrow.  I have some Louisian irises, lilies and day lilies I want to divide and now is the time.  I can’t wait for cooler weather when it will be easier to work all day in the garden.

A Little Garden Work

This post, “A Little Garden Work” was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 

I was feeling a little under the weather today, so consequently, I did not do too much in the garden.  I mostly did some maintenance work.  That meant cutting back some more of the lirope and cleaning up the edges on about forty feet of the entry garden.  While working on those beds, I noticed the amaryllis buds are poking up.  It won’t be too long before they are blooming, esp. if we keep getting these warm days.  Today the high temperature was 70.  I also saw the first vinca minor flower of the year.


After working on the entry garden, I started spreading the compost that I started in the fall.  I am lucky that the oak trees on our property dropped most of their leaves in the fall.  Now, it has turned into leaf mold and should really help enrich the soil.  I have two compost piles going at all times because of all the yard and kitchen wastes.  I mainly use compost as side dressing in the fall and spring.  I put some on the roses, amaryllis, hydrangea, toad lilies, and agapanthus.  I still have more to spread out, but I just wasn’t feeling up to it.  So, after work this week I hope to be able to do that.  The days are getting longer, and that should allow me time to do some more clean up chores.  There isn’t a whole lot of things left to do.  Soon I’ll be able to sit back and enjoy the spring garden.

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