As the temperatures moved closer to those found on the surface of the sun, the Crystal Palace Lobelia was cut back eliminating all the dried out stems. I did that BEFORE asking someone at a nursery if that was the thing to do. The nurseryman told me that it’s okay to trim back the lobelia in the summer just don’t over do it. Exposing the core of the plant to the hot July sun may kill it. Oh great. I probably just gave a death sentence to all the lobelia lining the raised beds. I had cut them down to nubbins.
Last night a cool breeze came up allowing the air conditioners to be turned off and the windows and doors opened. What a treat. Tonight, I noticed the lobelia is making a rebound. They’re in various stages of growth; but there are signs of life. There are even plants coming up in the surrounding gravel from an explosion of lobelia seeds.
I take this as a sign that the worst is over. Fall is on the way. I’ll be able to wear a sweater soon.
A girl can dream.