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


There seems to be no end to the signs that winter must be just about over here on the Gulf Coast.  Today, the high temperature was 73 degrees, honeybees were buzzing around the camellia, and the citrus trees have started to bloom.  I think the warm-up we had last week, just before the hard freeze of Wednesday night, must have broken the dormancy of many plants, and this week’s warm temperatures will finish the job.  The lime tree doesn’t just have buds; it has flowers.




This is a small lime tree we bought last spring, and it is now ready to go into a larger container.  Since limes are the least hardy of the citrus trees, we will keep this one in a container.  Even in our mild climate, it is not safe to plant a lime tree in the ground because our rare temperature dips into the teens could kill it.  When hard freezes are predicted, into the garage it goes.


The satsumas are not blooming yet, but I expect that any day now, we will see the buds starting to show on those branches.  The fragrance of citrus trees is just wonderful especially after winter when, except for the sweet olive, so few fragrant plants are blooming.  These lovely, white, sweet-smelling flowers seem to announce spring is here.


Checking Things Out

This post, “Checking Things Out” was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 

Today was a complete change from yesterday.  Blue skies, bright sun, and cool temperatures were a welcome relief from the high winds, rain and warm temperatures.

I was able to go outside and take a look around.  I found another arbor in the back yard that had been hit by a pine tree limb.  It did not damage the rose that was on it, and I was going to replace that arbor anyway, so I am not upset about it.

I was happy to see that the Black Seeded Simpson lettuce I planted Sunday is already up.


This lettuce does well for us down here.

My Louisiana irises are also doing well.  They are about two feet tall and should be blooming in a month or so.  These are Bayou Classic that my sister gave me.  They are very vigorous, bloom profusely, and multipy.  I can’t wait to take pictures of them in bloom now that I have a digital camera.


Our little lime tree is also budding out.  I was rather surprised to see these buds because it has been a little on the cool side still.  Last year our satsumas put out blooms very early, and a freeze nipped them off.  But soon there were new ones on the bushes, and we did end up with a crop after all.


Lastly, I checked out the bed with the daylilies.  They had aphids and had to be sprayed on Sunday, but they are aphid free today.  These are an evergreen type, but they do put out new growth in the late winter.  I got these from my mom years ago.  I do not know their names because my mom never asked her friend who gave them to her.  They are two colors here.  One is a bright yellow, and the other is a bronze-red color.  They have done well for me in a raised bed.


As I walked around my garden this afternoon, I realized that it will not be long before the garden will be lush and lovely again, and dreary winter will only be a memory.