Monday, February 16, 2009
Peeking through the snow is a basal rosette of Lobelia cardinalis, cardinal flower. It's a big favorite here. The hummingbirds love it, and its deep red flowers and delicate structure make it so spectacular. There was a time when we had great difficulty keeping this plant alive. Now Ed divides it when the clumps get crowded and it grows in lots of places throughout the garden. This plant looks great so far. It has been covered with snow up until now. If the weather stays moderate, or if we get more snow before any deep freeze that might happen, this plant should be gorgeous. That is not to say that a cold snap would kill the plant, but both the cardinal flower and I would be happier without one.