Valentine’s Day 2012

“Valentine’s Day 2012”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

A happy Valentine’s Day to everyone. I hope everyone is shown a little love today.

I thought I would share one of my favorite e.e. cummings poems which seems particularly appropriate for this special day of love.

Here is the deepest secret nobody knows.
Here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
And the sky of the sky of a tree called life;
Which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide.
And this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart.
I carry your heart.
I carry it in my heart.

Advertisements

Back for the New Year

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

Happy New Year to everyone.

It seems that I have been AWOL from my blogging for a while. There were many reasons for this: family issues, exhaustion, but mostly nothing was going on in my garden. All I have been doing is watering, watering, watering. I have never experienced such dry weather. We are still in a moderate drought here, but with a little winter cold and a little rain in the last two weeks, it has been better.

I finally feel like getting back to working in the garden, so I will at last have something to blog about now.  Here’s hoping that 2012 will be a great gardening year.

Restful Easter

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

Happy Easter!

 

 

I hope everyone has a joyous and restful Easter Sunday. I know mine will have to be restful since after working out in the garden all day yesterday, I am sore, sore, sore. I thought I was in better shape. I guess a winter of inactivity results in a spring of aches. A little relaxation today will enable me to be back out in the garden tomorrow. (I have the whole week off to spend outside before the real hot weather arrives.) Enjoy your day.

Leprechaun’s Pot of Gold

“Leprechaun’s Pot of Gold”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Being of Irish ancestry, this is one of my favorite holidays. Even though this is not one of the major holidays, I still like to decorate. This year I thought I’d have the proverbial leprechaun’s pot of gold for the front entrance.

 

 

I used two black cauldrons from Halloween and planted them last fall with gold pansies and violas. Two little leprechaun’s completed the Irish theme. I put these out the first of March with a St. Patrick’s Day garden flag. This really put me in the mood for this “great day for the Irish.”

A Queen’s Bouquet

“A Queen’s Bouquet”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

I always associate early spring with daffodils and violets. I guess this is because I grew up in the New Orleans area, and Mardi Gras comes in early spring. As you probably know, Mardi Gras is an important holiday in this area. One of my favorite memories of Mardi Gras is seeing the presentation to the queen of carnival of a huge bouquet of violets surrounded by daffodils and fern. Today, being Mardi Gras, will see this tradition continued. As a small child, I always wanted that eighteen inch bouquet, and even as an adult, I would love to have this bouquet sitting on my dining room table.

While I do have small daffodils in my garden, the violets are only the wild ones that pop up in the lawn, so I won’t be having an enormous table arrangement. However, that is okay as I do enjoy seeing the flowers outside.

The pale purple and the white violets have just started showing up.

 

 

 

But, the daffodils are just about finished.

 

 

I wish I could find a photo of this gorgeous bouquet to share with you. It is truly spectacular. This large, colorful, queen’s bouquet is the first thing I think of when Mardi Gras and springtime come to mind.

Happy Valentine’s Day

“Happy Valentine’s Day”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

Happy Valentine’s Day, everybody. Aren’t these the cutest little roses?

 

 

I have already received my Valentine’s present from my sweetie – three clematis vines. So far, I have only grown clematis vines that are known to do well here – sweet autumn clematis and Clematis crispa. Since many of the large flowered ones are reported not to thrive here along the Gulf Coast, I have been hesitant to buy them. Now, I am going to branch out and try some of these clematis vines. The three I am now going to plant are Venosa Violacea, H.F. Young, and Nellie Moser. I am almost positive the first two are grown by my neighbor (she doesn’t remember the names) and do very well for her. I am hoping to post some photos of the blooms in early summer.

I hope everyone has a very happy Valentine’s Day and is able to spend some time with those they love.

Thanksgiving

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

 

 

I hope everyone has a very enjoyable Thanksgiving. I thought it might be interesting to see the first Thanksgiving presidential proclamation that was issued by George Washington in 1789.

General Thanksgiving
By the PRESIDENT of the United States Of America
A PROCLAMATION
WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK THANKSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establifh a form of government for their safety and happiness:”
NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and affirm THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interposition of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed;– for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish Constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;– for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;– and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
And also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions;– to enable us all, whether in publick or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wife, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us); and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.
(signed) G. Washington

from Archiving Early America

 

 

Sometimes it is good to look back and see how our traditions started.
Hope your T-day is great.

Labor Day 2010

“Labor Day 2010”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

 

 

I hope everyone had a great day today. All laboring people needed a day off from work. Here, there was no labor done. I had a great three-day gardening spree planned. Tidying up the garden, trying to get rid of weeds, doing the last pruning of the year.

Unfortunately, none of that happened. My back did not cooperate with my plans. I don’t know what happened. Very early Saturday morning, I was simply doing a little vacuuming and dusting and noticed that my lower back was hurting. I don’t remember doing anything that would have caused any back problem.

What made this situation doubly frustrating is that we had our first dry, cool front move through Saturday morning. It would have been the perfect weekend in over four months to work out in the garden.

My back is better today, and it will probably be fine just in time to go back to work tomorrow. This must have been God’s way of telling me I needed to rest this weekend.

I hope everyone was able to do whatever it was they wanted to – rest, play, or garden.
(Don’t you wish postage was still that cheap.)

Good Wishes

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

 


freedigitalphotos.com

 

I am sending out good wishes and hope everyone has a lovely Valentine’s Day and is able to share it with loved ones. My day was very nice since it was finally a sunny day, something we haven’t seen a a long time.

Happy New Year

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

 

 

Here’s hoping that everyone has a very Happy New Year.

 

Today is also Garden Blogger’s Muse Day, day to post a poem relating to gardening , nature or whatever strikes you.  I thought since there has been a blue moon for New Year’s that it would be very appropriate to have a poem about the  moon.

 

 

Sleepyhead

 

As I lay awake in the white moon light,
I heard a faint singing in the wood,
‘Out of bed,
Sleepyhead,
Put your white foot now,
Here are we,
Neath the tree
Singing round the root now!’

I looked out of window, in the white moon light,
The trees were like snow in the wood–
‘Come away,
Child, and play
Light with the gnomies;
In a mound,
Green and round,
That’s where their home is.
Honey sweet,
Curds to eat,
Cream and frumenty,
Shells and beads,
Poppy seeds,
You shall have plenty.’

But soon as I stooped in the dim moon light
To put on my stocking and my shoes,
The sweet sweet singing died sadly away,
And the light of the morning peeped through:
Then instead of the gnomies there came a red robin
To sing of the buttercups and dew.

– Walter de la Mare


 

Thanks to Sweet Home and Garden Chicago for starting Garden Bloggers’ Muse Day.  Be sure to visit to see other poetry for today.

« Older entries