Posted: 06/07/2014 at 10:01
Thanks so much everybody. I've trimmed out the browned floppy stems only for now on the advice to just let it flower as it can for this year. Verdun...being an idiot, I've never liquid fed lavender. Duh! I don't know why I thought they weren't supposed to be liquid fed. I only water when the soil is dry and then give one good soak and leave until it dries out again.
So yes, I will do the tlc for this year.
Many thanks. I sometimes wonder why, in Scotland, I persist with lavender but when we had a couple of brilliantly hot days last week, my optimism came to the fore and I'm hoping to have more luck with sun lovers this year. (Famous last words of course!).
Dove also, thanks for the reminder of vine weevils and root checking. I had a look and all seems fresh and fine. But I've been caught out by the blighters many a time. I only learned about vine weevils originally on this forum a few years ago and was vigilant back then. However, I went on a spate of digging loads of things up and checking roots then. But, even when you know you should be diligent, it's amazing how some years common sense seems to go out the window (with me certainly) and how with some successes you can get a bit blasé and have senior moments about these things. I've lost all but one of my astrantia this year due to an astrantia fungus so I ought to know better and keep checking things. Tired out this year with family illnesses so a bit lazy and have to admit that many things in the garden are just 'hanging on' this summer.