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.

Not a Normal Day

“Not a Normal Day”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 


Today was supposed to be a normal day with just severe thunderstorms and winds.  When I woke up the weather didn’t seem too bad even though we were in a tropical storm watch area.  Hurricane Ike was about 200 miles off the Louisiana coast and headed to Texas.  I left for work early and since I live about thirty miles north of New Orleans, I have to cross Lake Pontchartrain using a bridge that spans twenty-four miles over water.  I must have gone only a mile or two on the bridge when a squall hit with blinding rain and unbelievable winds.  Instead of doing 60 miles an hour, the traffic was down to about 25 mph.  I really had to hold on to the steering wheel since there were wind gusts of 50 mph.  Just before I reached the half-way point, dear hubby called with the news that work was closed, so I turned around and came home.  I was so glad to be out of that storm.  Soon after returning home the squall had passed, but the winds were still strong and gusty.  The yard we had just finished cleaning up from Gustav now has debris again.  Not as bad as before, but it looks like yard cleanup is again on the agenda for this weekend.


In between rain showers, I did get to walk around the garden to see how things were doing.  I had not returned potted plants from their protected area since I was waiting to see where Ike would go, and now I am glad I waited.  So far, everything seems okay.  I noticed the bleeding heart vine is starting to bloom more profusely now.



One more thing caught my eye today.  A camellia I bought last year has a seed pod on it.



I noticed it when I was checking the buds.  I may just try and plant the seeds.  I found an interesting site about camellia seeds.  It looks like this pod is not ripe yet.


Please keep the people of Texas in your prayers.  It seems as if the storm surge from Ike is going to be bad, and many people have not evacuated the area.  I am really worried about those people after having seen what the water did to Mississippi and Louisiana during Katrina.

Waiting for Gustav

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

Well, we still don’t know where Gustav is going to end up, and everyone around here is getting very anxious.  It seems to just be sitting there next to Jamaica, and no one seems able to tell where it is going to be in just the next few days, much less five days out.  With so many people trying to make plans to evacuate, hotel rooms are booked all the way to Memphis.  It is just getting crazy.  Most people are worried because there is so much uncertainty as to where it will end up and do they have to evacuate or not, and if they do evacuate, when do they leave.

Sorry, I don’t feel much like posting about gardening tonight – too anxious.  Though when I was watering the garden,  I did see that the night blooming Jasmine has buds.  Maybe when they open, I’ll be in a better mood and post some photos.