Growing native Lobelia

I’m growing native Lobelia (both the red L. cardinalis and blue L. silphitica) for the first time. I’ll admit that my aesthetic sense sometimes rails against the weedy appearance of the stems and foliage of many native prairie plants. The flowers, on the other hand, are right in my visual wheelhouse.

Adjusting to change

A few weeks ago, I transplanted four ostrich ferns from another garden to ours, and they promptly fell to the ground in a heap of botanical despair. I thought they were goners, so I cut them back to the crown. This week, they’ve all shot up new fronds and look renewed. Whenever we’re presented with a big change in our lives, it takes time to adjust, right? Guess it’s no different with plants.