It started with my usual 5 AM trip out to the little greenhouse, where I was met with a sad sight. All of the cotton plants are in the process of losing their leaves. However, I could also see new growth on each, and as cotton is a perennial, this gives me hope that even if they do lose their leaves, they may find a way to re-bound.
Leslie at Agrilife agrees. Furthermore, he had this advice for me: cut back on the watering to avoid root rot if they end up dropping all their leaves.
I was out at Agrilife to pick up some bolls that Leslie had cut for me to finish my painting of G.:
While I was there, I took along the painting series as it is today to showed my progress on the project. It looks pretty good when they are side by side: