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Lavender Collapse - Can it be saved?

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 11:00

Several lavender shrubs I look after seem to have collapsed slightly leaving the centre of the shrubs exposed, showing the less attractive woody tangle of stems beneath.

I suspect this may have been caused by the winter snows or perhaps the heavy rain we've been having this spring.

Any other theories as to the cause are welcome.

More importantly, does anyone know of a way to restore these shrubs to the nice, compact globe-like shape they were before?

Many thanks to you all in advance.

The Mysterious Case of the Changing Berries of Holly

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 09:24

Yes, you're probably right. I'll keep an eye on it to see if they open.


The Mysterious Case of the Changing Berries of Holly

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 21:52

Hi All,

I recently saw a magnificent specimen of what I thought was a silver-variegated form of Holly.

My research suggests that it probably was Ilex aquifolium 'Argentea Marginata' as it had silver variegated spiky leaves and stood at 6m+ tall - evidently a mature specimen.

However, the berries baffle me. The berries are supposed to be red, however the berries of this specimen were cream with flecks of green.

Will these berries ripen to red before winter, or have I made a false ID?

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Lavender Collapse - Can it be saved?

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The Mysterious Case of the Changing Berries of Holly

A characteristic of a holly plant or an entirely different plant? 
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