“We have a birth announcement this morning…..” Mary answered our curious looks with the fact that her lobelia seeds had just germinated. So, in spite of our most recent attack of winter, the first step of our summer flowers has begun. Mary used to start thousands of plants in our furnace room under florescent lights, truly a humble beginning. But, for various reasons, she now starts only a few types. Some she can’t find locally and others like the lobelia, she just has better luck with her healthier, self-started stock. She also starts several hanging pots of bridal veil from the cuttings of last year’s plants. Five of these will hang in the court yard entrance to the lodge, adding understated, but important color and texture.