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"Mad Lavender"


By anget


This morning, because I was bored of the grey outside and looking at the same four walls as I have done for days inside, I persuaded OH to come to the GC. with me for a change of scenery.
I was shocked at what I found. The plant prices were astronomical; much more, I think, than they were before the country went into lockdown, and half the space had been cleared, presumably to make way for the Coming Season… So we returned empty-handed!
Having a ‘mood’ on me I took the narrow front border which has been bugging me for weeks into my sights.

A mess last month but beautifully scented, now a soggy brown horror after the recent downpours.
So I bit the bullet, got the bit between the teeth and got stuck in (to mix metaphors..) Now I am well exercised after reducing the lavender to this:

Having bent my fork removing all 12 plants I then surveyed the ghastly scene and decided ‘Patricia’ needed a haircut and so did one or two other bits. So off to the compost they went:

I took out many weeds which had been hidden by the rampant plants and now I am left looking at this:

At least I have had a good ‘workout’ and my mood is improved but I’m not sure the border has and there’s no going back now. At least I can get at the fence now to stain it and have a think about how to improve the look of things plant-wise too!

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Ang,I'm well impressed. Well done you!I bet you felt so much better..
Now remember, less is more.I'm trying hard here,honestly.
We'll compare on our completions.

That's a shock,the sudden price increases...I did wonder if it would happen.

15 Aug, 2020


Well done Ange ... satisfying but it must have been wet work. Thanks for naming G. Patricia - so THAT’S what has been smothering everything in its path in my pink border! Hopefully I will get out there tomorrow and cut it right back 🙂.

15 Aug, 2020


I bet it feels great to get all that muddy work behind you. Treat yourself to an ice cream sundae - you deserve it!

15 Aug, 2020


Wow, you’ve really gone for it! You’ll soon have that looking lovely again. Lavender gets very big doesn’t it! Just a suggestion, but I have Teucrium chamaedrys (Rose Germander) as a low growing evergreen edging plant. Its flowering now with pretty pink blooms and I think it makes a great low hedge. Looks neat all year around too.

16 Aug, 2020


Thanks, all. No ice cream yet, B'gate! I've been out today tidying it all up and it now looks much more presentable to people passing by.
Thanks for the suggestion, Karen. Once I have stained the fence I'll sit back and look at the space. It's quite narrow at one point (about 2ft.) so it makes it difficult to get at easily with that wretched fence once it's planted. The lavender was unnamed (that'll teach me) and just grew and grew like Topsy.

16 Aug, 2020


I bet you felt reenergised though! Sometimes having a bit of a garden clear out and changing an area really does spur us on and give us a different aspect.
I love lavender...saying that, certain types do get massive! Karen’s idea sounds a good one, I’ll have to google her Rose Germander now. Ps. Paul’s idea of ice cream sounded perfect too! That or a small glass of cool wine..

16 Aug, 2020


No, no, Kate a LARGE glass is called for....

16 Aug, 2020


Chin chin! 🥂

16 Aug, 2020

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