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Cotton Lavender

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 23:48

Today whilst at Kew Gardens I saw some cotton lavenders in a border that was pruned within an inch of their lives and to my great surprise, they were sprouting from old wood. I always thought they didn't do that. I have one that is in desperate need of hard pruning but I haven't since you shouldn't. Has anyone tried this on them with success?

Recommend me a plant

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 20:50

Thanks for all your recommendations. I'll have a look at them and see what they are.

I've been lusting after a Daphne for years but they are quite pricey.

I have a Mock Orange Manteneau d'Hermine so I think I'll give that a miss but I am quite surprised that mine is not as fragrant as I expected.

I quite like the idea of Penstimons. Do they hybridise easily via selfseeding?

As for Lavender, I have one that is doing quite well in a pot and my track record with rosemary's quite bad. The one I got last year seems to be on its last legs. Got two new small plants via work for a quid. Bargain!

Pruning a Broom

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 20:41

That is quite a good idea. Thanks for that.

Pruning a Broom

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 13:00
Thanks. I'll wait until after flowering so I get the full display.

Pruning a Broom

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 23:14
Oh good. Is the best time to do this after flowering too? Do I need to dress the wound afterwards with wax or something or just leave it?

Pruning a Broom

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 22:33

I really need to cut off one of the main stems as it is hanging way outside the border. Would it take that or could that stress it to death?

Recommend me a plant

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 21:31

Ha ha ha.Not sure you would like to be buried to your ankles in my border year around!

Pruning a Broom

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 21:23

Can you prune them quite hard? I have one that was in my garden when I moved in (There were three to start with but I gave two away) and it is starting to spill over border too much. If I would chop off the branch that is in the way, am I likey to harm the plant or will it resprout from the cut off point. My memory tells me they don't like being transplanted and dont take well to pruning. The flowers are red orange if that is of any help.

Recommend me a plant

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 21:20

I have ten quid to squander at T&M due to them sending me the wrong plant and I need some insperation. I think the garden is norhwest facing ( I get the sun comming in about 10 in the morning and then it moves around the garden which is walled. I do like climbers and scented plants. I don't really thing I can add another climber since I have a grapevine, 4 clematis, a honeysuckle and a Zephyrine Droughin.

Any good ideas for what to squander this money on???

Is this really a Magnolia Red Lucky?

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 20:30

YES! Only problem now is that I don't really know where to plant it. Luxury problem!

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