It's the peak of summer heat here in north Texas, so that means pruning back my herbs to preserve their root strength and encourage new growth.
Generally, pruning builds up the plants rather than destroying them.
I'm doing the same thing with my clientele in the heat of these summer months, too. Pruning and weeding and priming myself for new growth, as well as new opportunities to grow my income.
Recognizing the peak of the season and capturing the herbal freshness, the scent and flavor of my lemon verbena, chocolate mint, spearmint, and parsley is a learned skill. It's something I couldn't know without experiencing the brutal heat of July and August in Texas for a few years, or without watching my chosen plants go through the year at close range.
Working with clients is cyclical, too. It has its growth phases and its peak time for pruning, unique to each client.
Even though I've been an avid and a commercial grower/gardener for many years, seeing my precious clientele as I see my precious plants has taken me much longer than necessary.
I don't like to let people go. I don't like to say goodbye. I got some courage from James Clear's post when he wrote, "... things will work for a little while and then we will get used to them."
Pruning is for my own best growth as well as for my clients' own growth, too.
Do you garden? Can you relate anyway?