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      Happibun's Straggly bits of Lavender x 1 Breaking Dormancy

Plant: Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) |

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I planted lavender in the front garden in the first year that I planted anything in it. I remember buying 3 plants, but I can’t tell you how many are left now.

I planted them next to the path, thinking that they would smell nice as you approached the house. Very soon after that, we stopped using the front door completely.

The plants are almost completely overgrown with Virginia creeper, grape hyacinth and pink hyacinths. I had planted them with Californian poppies, and occasionally a self sewn remnant of those pops through too.

I remember one year hacking the lavender back because it seemed to be too rampant, but I don’t think it liked it, and this is the result.

I had to take a picture of the 7 spot ladybird I found on it today. It will make my friend Nutmeg happy :-)


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Lavender (1849)



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  • nutmeg

    nutmeg wrote:

    Woo! A ladybird. Such a cheering sight :-)

    Posted on 09 Mar 08 (about 7 years ago)

  • grainoftruth

    grainoftruth wrote:

    Lavender does like being cut back – in the autumn or early spring. If you don’t it goes all leggy and woody. There are less flowers on them too if you don’t prune them, I believe.

    Posted on 10 Jun 08 (almost 7 years ago)

  • Happibun

    Happibun wrote:

    I think I must have originally pruned it at the wrong time, and the other plants had overwhelmed the lavender. There is healthy new growth on the stems now, and so I must have rescued these just in the nick of time.

    I’ll see how they do and then chop again if they seem to like it. I wonder, would this be true of all lavender types Grainoftruth?

    Posted on 10 Jun 08 (almost 7 years ago)

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