There are some advantages to fall and winter planting of ornamental or landscape plants. For instance, it allows the plant materials time to establish a root system in the new soil long before the hot weather approaches. Root activity takes place in relatively cool soil even though the top is not actively growing.
Usually less supplementary water will be required in late fall and early winter as compared to late spring or summer planting.
In June 1861, thousands of Louisiana soldiers began shipping out to Tennessee and Virginia to meet the Yankee invaders. One of the first to go was Col. Gaston Coppens’ battalion of Zouaves (“zwahvs”).
Coppens’ battalion was one of several Louisiana units that adopted the uniform of the French Algerian Zouaves. There were several variations of the colorful outfit, but a typical Zouave wore a red fez; dark blue, loose-fitting jacket trimmed and embroidered with gold cord; dark blue vest with yellow trim; blue cummerbund; baggy red pantaloons; black leather leggings; and white gaiters. Add a musket, bayonet and bowie knife, and the Zouave somewhat resembled a heavily armed Shriner.
Nights are getting colder and longer as we are settling in for winter. With these long, cold nights come trips to local grocery stores and businesses later in the evening. With those late evenings comes a danger for travelers locally.
Every day, we hear about wrecks that take place in Lincoln Parish, and there are always some. But wrecks are happening closer together because of the extra holiday traffic and adverse weather conditions December usually brings.