Gardening Grandma

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Lavender hedge!!

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 19:14

I think they may just be old growth. Lavenders do like good drainage, though. Be aware that they are very attractive to bees and hoverflies and these may be a pain if you want to leave your windows open in the summer.

MOB rants

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 18:59

Poor you, DD! That was a really restrained rant about dotty old ladies, a class to which I may naturally belong!

Lavender hedge!!

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 18:55

But once it has gone woody, if you cut back into it, you won't get new growth, so it is too late to cut it out now. Just cut back as far as you can after this year's flowers.

Lavender hedge!!

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 18:53

If the brown is lower down on the plant, don't forget that last year's growth will go woody and the lavenders will make new growth above that. It might just be old woody growth from last year that you are seeing, especially if you did not cut back your lavenders after flowering. They need to be cut back quite hard to prevent this woodiness developing.


Posted: 09/03/2013 at 18:46

You must be feeding it well.


Posted: 09/03/2013 at 18:39

Thst's a lovely clematis, LF. Clematis terniflora (sweet autumn clematis) is supposed to be very attractive to bees and butterflies, but it is very rampant, too, and can get out of control.

MOB rants

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 18:22

BTW, Clogherhead, I don't know where Clogher Head is, except guessing that it is north.

MOB rants

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 18:21

Oh, good, you are still ranting! Why the heck the government keep spending oney outside the country when we so desperately need to create our own wealth and then hold on to it, I cannot imagine! Well, I can, they are again putting short-term economy before the real financial future of our country. We have plenty of wealth in manpower and fossil fuel, but we value both so little that we waste them. In the meantime, thousands of young people are getting used to a life without a job and without purpose and losing the ability to cope with the discipline of work. Madness!

It has been a beautiful day here, despite the forecast - I put the heating off and opened the windows all day. No gardening though - spent the day sorting books and actually putting them on shelves - revolutionary idea. I have so many gardening books! Lots of other books too, despite getting rid of lots to charity shops. Memo to self - stop spending money! Set the government an example!

The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 08:44

Quite right, Dove. Limited, but still an inspiration!

How do I get rid of ivy and wild asparagus vine?

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 08:37

Well, Dove, you are more likely to be right than me. Not much point in debate anyway until a photo is forthcoming. The only really invasive thing I've had to deal with is Japanese knotweed, in another garden, and the solution there, other than spraying and letting the land lie fallow for a year or so, was to cut off the stems an inch or so from the ground and pour in neat Roundup. We also had a  rampant Boston Ivy growing in our garden whose roots were really next door.  The solution there was to cut back the plant to the bottom of the woody stem, bore a hole in it and again, pour in neat Roundup. It did not grow back.

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