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Beloved Lavender bushes dying

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 22:14

3\4 years ago when they were still v young we had a local chap to help out and water on days of the week we were not there and he chopped them back severly in the first year - taking all the under sections away. after that they have slowly buckled under the weight of the rain and lack of drainage!! (said chap is now gone after he was noted not turning up for work during many weeks when we couldnt be there). I take the flowers off when they are in their prime to use for various ointments, potions and pillows for my beloved nan in england but to be  honest do not trim back as they Never stop flowering. I\we now realise our biggest mistakes were to not prune in the first couple of years - and i mean every plant and tree through pure fear. I am v forward in the garden and instinctive but have a fear of pruning. i read that in tropical climates we should prune twice or even three times a year but as i said the flowers never stop producing. of course they have their hayday but....the more i know about gardening the more i realise how much i really don't know!! I am relatively new to gardening and to be honest its mostly a case of getting on with the urgent. with the amount of very hot sun and plenty of moutain rain the plants grow at astonishing rates and im trying to concentrate on being self-sufficient. Prices here are turning into England too!!

Beloved Lavender bushes dying

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 18:39

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/23601.jpg?width=265&height=350&mode=max

 Poor lavender bushes. This was taken in March, they are much worse now poor lovies

 

Beloved Lavender bushes dying

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 18:30

Lovely Artjak! Big thanks, will do when i have some free time later!

Beloved Lavender bushes dying

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 18:29

Beloved Lavender bushes dying

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 16:05

I can see that now, so glad i joined. Thanks again

Beloved Lavender bushes dying

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 15:34

What a lovely, kind offer! I have probably 23561 questions to be honest! I have many pictures of some very statuesque plants of which many are suffering due to climate change and me being an amateur! Do you know how i post pics? It's proven to be a lifeline and my great passion here but there is so much to do! 

 

Beloved Lavender bushes dying

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 15:17

Thanks Artjak but this type of lavender (Angustifolia) thrives in the mountains here, it was the pride of the garden before the rainfall this summer which was 7 times the usual volume on just one day. We are 900m up and really do have cool temps at night. Think it really is a case of sorting the drainage ready for next year and the sharp drainage as per WW. We have many roses too, the land is very fertile clay based so much work is needed introuducing more well drained soil. Just wish we had more time as we are in Rio mon-thurs and im too stubborn to employ somebody to help!! You work in the Carribean must have been a joy. Many thanks for the advice however and good luck on your next ventures! 

Beloved Lavender bushes dying

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 23:02

Thank you so very much for your detailed advice. I will do just that this weekend, suprised about the watering just once a week. many many thanks for the expert tips. 

Beloved Lavender bushes dying

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 22:42

Thanks WW. I think you are right re. the water.The house drainage is a major problem to be fixed one fine day!!! I will endeavour to take cuttings this weekend, do you know what soil mix is the best as when i tried before none of them sprouted roots. The climate here and the Ps&Ds that come with it are a challenge but part of the life long lessons i guess. Thanks again and Happy Gardening! 

Gardeners Question Time download unavailable?

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 22:38

Thanks Chicky. My itunes downloaded this weeks' episode but no longer has the option to download older episdodes as i did last week. Strange, thanks for your reply anyway and happy gardening! 

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