Nothing To Do But Dream

This post, “Nothing To Do But Dream” was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 

Well, a cold front moved through from the west about 4 pm, and it met a warm front from the south.  The result was thundershowers, blinding rain, and high winds just as I was getting home from work.  We had 1.37 inches of rain in about an hour and a half.  Once again, there were huge puddles of water in the yard.  We have had 7.3 inches of rain for the month of January. 

Now, the rain has stopped, and the temperatures are starting to drop.  I had thought I would be able to at least do some work in the garden this afternoon before the rains came.  But, that was not to be.  The weather forecasters all say that starting tomorrow there will be sun and pleasant temperatures.  I am looking forward to good weather for the next few days as I will be off until Thursday for the Mardi Gras holidays.  I can’t wait to get outside in the sun, do some clean up work in the garden, and take some photos.

As soon as I post this, I will sit down with some of my garden books and dream of warmer, drier days when I can get out and putter around in the garden.

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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