After a sudden downpour overnight, I arrived at work this morning to find poor Annabelle looking as though, well, a bomb had gone off.
The second photo shows how it normally looks, at about this time of year: as you can see, it is usually firmly upright.
So, did I panic? Did I run around, tearing my hair out? No, I left it alone, knowing that once the water drains off, it will bob up again and be as good as new. Sometimes, if I have time, I gently shake off some of the water to help them, as Annabelle has such gloriously large flower heads, or “inflorescences”, as we botanists say... but usually, they will recover perfectly well on their own.
This particular specimen has a rather Heath-Robinson contraption of metal hoops around it, just below the level of the hedge, but as you can see, the overnight rain was just too much for it.
Another GreenPlantSwapper posted about this recently - Rain, rain go away..... - so I know I'm not the only one to suffer!