The March 2021 Blog
Volume 3, Edition 5
A Word from the
First Lady of Louisiana
I need a break…
I have been thinking about what I would write this month, and it hit me – the real raw honesty of needing a break. Sometimes life is filled with all kinds of fillers, and as a wife and a mother, we have these running lists of tasks that we need to complete, and we are always pushing the tide to get through it all. Truth be told, we need to honor that time when we genuinely need a break. So, instead of sharing my thoughts and a message this month, I am taking a break.
Please enjoy the beautiful picture of pelicans taken by Marie Constantin at the lakes. You can read about her work in cleaning up our lakes below, in the community section. Take care this month…I need a break and so do some of you. Be kind to yourself, you deserve it!
Love to all,
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.”
Louisiana State University AgCenter
Caring for Plants After a Hard Freeze
By Heather Kirk-Ballard, PhD
Assistant Professor of Consumer Horticulture
School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences
Our winters vary in severity from year to year. This year, in mid-February, we got a dose of freezing temperatures for several days. The entire state of Louisiana got ice, sleet, and snow. With temperatures reaching as low as 20, 15, or even lower, covering plants, despite our valiant efforts, could not prevent damage to our plants. Undoubtedly, we all lost something during the recent hard freezes.
The roots of most hardy plants will be okay. Luckily, the soil was wet from recent rains, protecting against freezing soil temperatures. Even though many plants froze up top, they are still alive beneath the soil, and plants will return from their roots-rest assured.
No doubt, tender tropical plants melted like the wicked witch of the west from Oz. Under an extended hard freeze like the ones we just experienced, you may see plant stems splitting and peeling. I hate to say it, but if you see this, you’re likely burying that plant for the second time, and there will be no resurrection.
Many tropical plants turned to mush and are now brown. If you’re fortunate enough that your tropical plants survived, now that the temperatures are warming up, you can safely remove the dead foliage and add a nice thick layer of mulch around the plant’s crown and the rest of the surrounding area.
03. GOVERNOR'S MANSION
The Governor’s Mansion Preservation Foundation is delighted to announce the partnership with Jeffrey Carbo, FASLA, and CARBO Landscape Architecture. Jeff has joined the Executive Board and has graciously donated his time to re-envision the Governor’s Mansion gardens. He and Grace Ragland, ASLA, have been working with First Lady Donna H Edwards, Governor’s Mansion Preservation Foundation Executive Director Sandy McClelland, and Governor’s Mansion coordinator Jennifer Gomez, to create a landscape renovation master plan aimed for completion by Fall 2023. Jeff’s vision for the grounds will be timeless and stately while focusing on preservation and maintenance ease.
Jeffrey Carbo is a Landscape Architect with over thirty-five years of experience in professional practice. The range and scope of his concerns include:
- Environmental conservation.
- The historical and cultural context of local and regional landscapes.
- The attention to detail in the numerous places and gardens that he helped create.
“Cultural Immersion in Louisiana: An International Student’s Perspective on Our Health”
by Minqi (Maggie) Huang
PEOPLE OF LOUISIANA
Making A Difference
Louisiana Women Veterans
Health Care Symposium
Pink House Consulting, LLC
04. FEATURED RECIPE
The Crawfish Boil
It’s finally time! Crawfish season is upon us.
Crawfish boils are a long-time tradition in Louisiana. It’s a time when family and friends gather to celebrate spring, sun, and food. But when did crawfish boils begin?
SOMETHING TO DISCERN
05. PAST QUOTES
THE FIRST DOGS
06. THE FIRST DOGS
Spring Time Is Here!
07. OUR EDITOR
A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Delery has lived there all of her life except during undergraduate school and a brief stint in Seattle, WA. She is a mother to four boys, ranging in ages from 21 to 16, and they are the heart and soul of her life.
After graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications, she went on to receive a Masters in Non-Profit Management from Louisiana State University. Her volunteer work has mostly evolved from issues that have affected her personally. Actively engaged in disability rights advocacy, Delery has testified numerous times in the Louisiana Legislature regarding issues that affect persons with developmental disabilities. She served as the chair of the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council, worked for seven years directing regional advocacy efforts and is a graduate of Louisiana’s Partners In Policymaking.