Flowering Trees

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

The spring flowering trees have already started blooming. One of my favorites and an eagerly awaited flowering tree is the Japanese Magnolia. I have written about this tree before, and my 2008 post is still my most visited post. This tree, with the big, pink flowers, is a standout in the early spring.



Another tree that has started blooming is the peach. We have two peach trees and both have open flowers where last week there were only buds.



When we were having those very cold days in December, January, and early February, I was sure that spring would be late this year, but I was wrong. Every day the flowers that appear show that spring is here to stay.


Hello, Goodbye

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

When springtime finally comes around, it certainly can move fast. Before you are prepared for it, it is already time to say goodbye to some spring-flowering plants. Just as plants can surprise you with their flowers showing up in what seems a sudden manner, they can also leave just as fast. Case in point – forsythia. It seems like it was only yesterday that the flowers started appearing, and now the last few blossoms are barely holding on among all the new green leaves.



Now that the yellow of the forsythia is fading, there is another plant ready to take over the job of displaying beautiful color. The loropetalum is now in full bloom.



I have several of these bushes on the north side of our property. A gardening friend tried to get me to plant some many years ago, but I resisted. Foolish me. When I finally put three bushes in and saw how well they performed, I went out and bought more. I wish I would have listened to my friend when she first told me about loropetalum, because, by now, I would have a nice screen of flowers to separate me from the neighbors. I like that the flowers are so different. Close up or far away these are great flowering shrubs.



When it is time to say adieu to one spring-flowering plant, it certainly is nice to be able to welcome a new bloomer.

Signs of Spring?

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


What am I seeing?  Signs of an early spring?  Already in January? Our coldest weather is traditionally the second week of January, and so far temperatures are hitting almost 80 degrees.  A cool front is expected in a few days, but no extremely cold weather.  We still could get some freezing, but hard freezes usually don’t occur, except rarely, after January.  With that being said, I am starting to see signs of spring-like growth.  Everything seems to be almost a month ahead of last year.  There are many plants that seem to be breaking dormancy already.


The evergreen daylilies are already flush with new growth.  While they never really die back completely, this year they are bigger than ever before with new leaves showing everyday.




The sweet almond shrub is already showing flower buds.  Since this shrub has been in the garden only one year, I am not sure if this is early or not, but I believe it is a tad early for blooms to be starting.




I’ve already written about a few of the daffodils, forsythia, and leatherleaf mahonia flowering early.  This started being a strange time in the garden in mid-summer with plants blooming early.  Then, fall was way cooler than normal with flowers off normal bloom time.  Early winter was weird too, with colder than normal temperatures and even snow.   Looks like late winter in 2009 may be continuing this earlier than normal bloom period, too.  I just hope this doesn’t mean that the hot summer weather will show up early, too.

Easter Blooms

This post, “Easter Blooms” was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 

Since today was Easter, I didn’t work in the garden.  I just walked around before we went to my daughter’s for lunch and enjoyed the beauty of nature in Spring.  Some new things were blooming.


Woodland phlox (Phlox divaricata) just starting to bloom.  These are great at the front of the border as an edging.


Yellow Shrub Jessamine (Cestrum aurantiacum) is now blooming.  I recently bought this plant for the circle garden where I have mostly yellow plants.  Butterflies are supposed to love this plant.


Lobelia is showing its gorgeous blue color.  We grow this as a cool season annual here, since it cannot take our hot summers.  It will only last until May.


This row of azaleas is showing its best color now.  These are at their peak just in time for Easter.

I hope everyone had a wonderful day.