Once again I marvel at the difference between my two Lobelia Tupa.
As mentioned last year, the original plant -now over 2 feet tall, is located under a Eucalyptus tree and it is shrinking as it ages -does this sound familiar?
The other, a much younger plant, is in a better location, topping 7 feet this year. I have even feed the older plant, whilst the younger one was ignored…..it hasn't helped.
I intend to take pity of the struggling Lobelia and move it to a more suitable location, give it a feed and see what happens -will it be past it or will it have a new lease of life, we will see.
I have several Lobelias in the garden, all doing well but some in just the wrong location, either height wise, too squashed or a basic case of colour clash, they will need to be sorted in a few weeks time.
Lobelia bridgesii has been wonderful this year, such a lovely bright pink flower.
Lobelia laxiflora augustifolia has also performed well this year -bright yellow/red trumpets with very fine strap like leaves.
Lobelia excelsa, a tall stately shrub with good clean bright green foliage, nice orange typical lobelia shaped flowers -if you are lucky.
The flowers on one stem are just about to open (late August), so still time yet!
Text and photos by Maggie Duguid, who is a member of the HPS North East Group.