Garden Show Scarecrows

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

I have waited until it was close to Halloween to post photos of the scarecrows from the New Orleans Garden Show which was two weeks ago. The scarecrows are made by local schools and garden groups. Here are a few to scare you for Halloween.


Happy Halloween


Eight Legs to Hold You


Belle of the Ball


Mistress Mary


Dr. Kleen-Jekyell and Mr. Erl-Slick


How appropriate considering how our summer was ruined by the oil spill in the Gulf.


4 and 20 Blackbirds Baked in a Pie


Horror T. Culture



I think my favorite was the last one. Both of these scarecrows were made completely with organic materials. The smaller one had a gourd head and pampas grass plumes for a body. The larger one had its head made out of a sunflower seedhead; its hat was made of mums; its hair was Spanish moss; the dress was made of palmetto fronds, rosemary, and globe amaranth flowers for decoration. This certainly showed a clever use of materials. Hope you enjoyed seeing these scarecrows as much as we did.


Botanical Gardens

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

Wow! What a busy week. I am certainly looking forward to this weekend. Maybe some garden work and a lot of rest and relaxation.

Last weekend was the garden show at the New Orleans Botanical Gardens. I’ll post about that next time. Tonight, I just wanted to show you some of the nice areas of the Botanical Gardens.

First, there was a wall of purple hyacinth bean vines. It was spectacular and made me want to grow this next summer.



While strolling the grounds, we suddenly turned a corner and were stopped dead in our tracks by this huge staghorn fern. It was at least five feet across. It was tremendous. I wonder where it is overwintered? It would have to be a very big space.



The flower beds were gorgeous this year. They were mostly blues and purples, a very nice combination for full sun since they tend to “cool” things down.







The Amaranth surrounded by the globe amaranth was a stand out.



And, finally, my favorite, a stand of Cosmopolitan grass. I would love to have this in my garden, but I have not been able to find it locally. I guess next year I will have to break down and buy it online.



One of the nice things about visiting a botanical garden is that you get ideas for your own garden. Next year, I will definitely have to have the purple hyacinth bean vine and the Cosmopolitan grass.

A Glorious Day

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


After weeks of unseasonably warm, humid, and rainy weather, a cool front came through late Thursday and brought in wonderful weather.  Lows in the 40’s and highs in the 60’s plus sunshine has meant a glorious weekend.  Doubling the pleasure, this weekend was the garden show at the New Orleans Botanical Gardens.  This twice yearly garden show is a highlight of my garden year.  This year just one sister and my daughter made the trip with me to New Orleans’ City Park where the show is held.  The Botanical Gardens were looking so good after all the rain we have had.  (October is usually our driest month.)  It will take a few posts to get through everything we saw.

One of the best things about the garden show is the plant sales. 


Vendors (redu)


Of course, I couldn’t resist buying a few things.  Fall is a big planting time in this mild climate, and today, I planted everything I bought.  Unfortunately, nothing was in bloom, so there are no photos of my purchases.  I bought four daylilies: Billye Red, Red Orbit, Rosette, and Frank Gagney.  I also bought Hedychium coccineum “Disney” which has gorgeous orange/apricot flowers.  I have seen this on several blogs and was impressed with the flowers.  When I saw the muhly grass blooming, I had to get another one since one of mine really declined this summer and needed to be replaced.  Lastly, there was a vendor selling day-blooming cereus plants, and I just had to had one.  They had so many different colors that it was hard to decide, but I finally selected a white one which is supposed to have very large flowers – nine inches across.

Now, I have a lot to look forward to next summer when all these plants start blooming.

To get back to the Gardens, though, everything looked so lovely.  One of my favorite areas was the white garden since I love white flowers so much.  The front flowers were white torenia, then came white angelina, next was the white pentas, and at the back of the borders was white cat’s whiskers.  This garden has given me some ideas of how I may want to use white flowers in my small “white” garden area.


White Garden (redu)


White Garden Clsup (redu)


There were several  displays throughout the gardens.  A particularly cute one was a grouping of large butterflies surrounding butterfly plants.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a large area so that you could have something like this?


Lg Butterfly Display (redu)


There is still more I have to post about the garden show and the glorious day, but that will have to wait for tomorrow.

Garden Family Outing

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

Several times a year I go with one of my sisters on what we call our “garden field trips”.  We visit nurseries in nearby cities, buy plants, have lunch, and generally have a great time.  Twice a year, there is the Garden Show at the New Orleans Botanical Gardens, and I attend with two of my sisters, mother and sometimes my daughter and niece.

Well, this year we are excited to have an addition.  My sister from Virginia is in town, and this year she gets to come with us.  She moved away right after she got married, so the family has had too few opportunities for all four sisters to be together.  Since we are all gardening “nuts”  this will be a doubly fun time.

Touring the display gardens in the past, has given me some good ideas to use in my garden.  At the very least, I get ideas for new plants.  There are many plant vendors and the Botanical Gardens also sell plant which is where I bought my Turk’s turban, pinecone ginger, and coral bean tree last year.  It is nice when you see the plants set in a garden and can then purchase them at the same time.

I am hoping that the daylily vendor from the fall show will be there.  I bought some from them last time and would like to get some more.  I am going to try and have daylilies as my only purchase since I seem to be running out of garden space unless I make some new beds.

The Garden Show is Saturday and Sunday, from 10 to 5, so if you are in the area, try and make it.