Planting Today

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

One of the nice things about having some time off for Thanksgiving is that it allows me some time in the garden.  Two weekends ago, I bought some violas and had time to plant only about a third of theme when the rains came.  Today, I will be out planting the rest.  I am determined that today will be a garden day.

I have had better luck the last few years with violas instead of pansies, so this year it will be all violas.  One thing that surprised me was how limited the selection of cool season bedding plants there was this year.  I guess with the economy, retailers have cut back on their stock.  Because of this, I am beginning to wonder if I ought to consider growing more plants from seeds for this spring to get the colors, etc. that I need.

But, like Scarlett O’Hara, I’ll think about that another day.  Right now, I am going to be thankful that today, I can enjoy being outside planting my favorite flowers.

Rain and Planting High

This post, “Rain and Planting High” was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 

Today started with fog which later turned into rain.  We haven’t had a tremendous amount, but it has been raining softly on and off for hours.  A thunderstorm is now heading our way and should bring even more rain. 

We get a lot of rain here in south Louisiana.  Add to this the tropical storms and hurricanes that come through and can give us tremendous amounts of rain in just hours, you’ll understand why it is sometimes so hard to garden here.  This is one of the reasons that everything I plant is planted high.  When I first started gardening, I did lose a few plants until the elderly man next door told me how to plant for this environment.  I lost two oak leaf hydrangeas until I finally planted one almost half way out of the ground and then just piled soil around it.  That one survived.  There are a few spots in the garden that are a little low and that is where Louisiana irises are planted – they can take the water if it sits some. 

The soil here is also high in clay and that is another reason to place plants high.  Azaleas, hydrangeas, roses, etc. – everything I plant is at least a third to half way above the soil line.  I have had great success planting this way, even though no one has ever recommended doing it by that much.

The weather forecasters are predicting that this weekend will be better weather – cooler, no rain.  I hope so because there are many gardening tasks waiting for me.

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