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Munstead, Hidcote or ................?

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 17:22

Hi Goldilocks, My Hidcotes and Edelweiss lavenders regularly come thorugh -20 to -25C but, as I said, they are in a very well drained spot and get whatever winter sun there is.    The Munstead has also been sheltered and well drained but heavier soil with more clay so if I do plant replacements, theer'll be some grit and compost going into the mix.   Lavenders are lovely plants to have and great for beneficial insects.

What has happened???

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 16:52

As a result of this recent spatt it seems to me that some perfectmy pleasant and knowledgeable people have left these boards which is a pity.   Everybody, new and old should be welcome here and able to fit in with each other.

I have been frequenting gardening message boards for years and have seen many such spats come and go, especially on the the old Beeb boards and each time there was a schism and people set off to spawn new boards it left the boards diminished - except on one occasion when they were eejits the rest of us were glad to see the back of but this isn't the case this time and it seems to me that two or three people are still trying to rule a roost on which they are only precarioulsy perched.   You will find as tie goes by and new people join that there will be no shortage of dominant ersonalities turning up.

Those who are left behind and who have had most to say in the recent upset should reflect and remember - it takes all sorts to make a garden and all sorts to make a community.  On here we come from many different backgrounds of education, experience, knowledge, intelligence, income, empathy and understanding.   There are bound to be occasional personality clashes as well as groups of kindred spirits that take to each other on chat threads and may, to some, feel exclusive or cliquey.  Life is like that and no-one should take it as a personal therat or insult.  Better to try and make friends instead.

We are anonymous on here and no-one can hear our tone of voice or see our face as we speak through these boards.  Some of us are robust and some of us are delicate flowers.  Remember that and tread softly in your metaphorical garden slippers.  Some of you really do need to get things in perspective and take off the big, clod-hopping hobnailed boots you've been tarmpling around in.

Now, can we please settle down to welcoming new gardeners and old, new knowledge and starter questions, new topics an dthe same olf chestnuts and remain pleasant and tolerant?

Munstead, Hidcote or ................?

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 16:01

That certainly is a vivid blue but I suspect I need an H5 hardiness rating for my grdaen, even in teh well drained bits.

Munstead, Hidcote or ................?

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 15:35

Forgot to add I also put some Munstead lavenders in my ros ebed to help keep off the aphids but they don't cope as well with our winters and I've recently had to remove two more corpses.  Two left but straggly.  i hope they'll be OK after some TLC but will always plant Hidcote in future.


Posted: 19/04/2013 at 13:58

And slow release fertiliser mixed in with an anuual top dressing of special cleatis food available in good garden centres.

Munstead, Hidcote or ................?

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 13:56

I have blue Hidcote and white Edelwiess lavenders planted alon the top of a retaining wall where they get good drianage and full sun.  They are bothe hardy and flower well each year although the white is slightly longer stemed and flowers later.

Both are pruned right back after flowering is over so are easy to keep compact and tidy though I have to say they look a bit sad after this winter.  No doubt they'll perk up though.  They usually do and are full of bees buzzing in summer and good perfume.

Talkback: Bees and pesticides

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 10:19

You need to worry less about their honey and more about how many of our food plants they pollinate.  Without bees we would be in big trouble.


Posted: 19/04/2013 at 10:18

I have some Silver somethings with mottled purple foliage which survive everything the recent winters have thrown at them but they are in full sun in a slighty raised bed and have a low box hedge all round their bed so get protection from the worst of the easterly winds which are so freezing and dessicating.   

Others purpley ones in the garden do better or worse depending on how sheltered they are but none of the lime green, ambers, caramels, raspberry or very dark colours survive prolonged cold and damp.


Posted: 18/04/2013 at 22:56

I use liquid rose or tomato or pelargonium feed on all my houseplants, even the ones that don't flower and they seem to like it.  Haven't had a clivia for years but they flowered well on that diet. 

Gardening by the moon?!

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 17:19

OK, I'll spell it out.  Lunar cycles indicate on which DAYS you should do things.  It does not involve gardening by moonlight or torch light or floodlight.

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