Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Country Lavenders

Getting old is not for sissies. Every morning I wake up, I know a little less than I did the day before. Every answer just leads to more questions. To start with, I wasn't Gods answer to gardens an'all. But now things are much worse. This corner of my garden has been my pride and joy for a whole year.

And look at it now...Billy-Ray Cyrus Lavenders. My Achy Breaky Heart indeed. Aargh!
My neighbour suggested it was because I trimmed them into the wrong shape, a ball instead of a bump and now the bottom bits don't get enough sun. Is that true? Help!

7 comments:

Barb McMahon said...

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Don't be depressed. It's a lovely blog.

Heloise Bottomley said...

What a lovely surprise & welcome Barb. Go on, for my sake, be a devil. I had a quick look at your web page & I'm sure you can find 3 local bloggers who would love some of that devine sounding bread. Let me know if you decide to take the leap! Have a great weekend.

comil said...

My wife says to cut e'm back hard!

We had a garden service gentleman who called Mill the 'Orticultural Mrs Bobbit! He was astounded at her "Brutality" plant wise, but had to admit it works.

Regards.

Colin

Heloise Bottomley said...

Thanks Comil & welcome
That's advice even I can follow. Is there a good time to do this? and a recommended shape?

comil said...

Hi Heloise,
Mill was horrified at my crass comment! She says you should only cut back about a third of the bush each year - but in your case a hard prune may be required. You may lose this years growth, but the resurrection next year will be worth it. Lack of light and air at base of the bushes is causing the die back. Clear out the top foliage and you encourage new growth.

Enjoying your blog, glad we have met.
Colin and Mill

comil said...

Hi Heloise,
Oh dear,I'm in trouble again; Men never listen do they etc,. My dearest pointed out you askeD WHEN AND WHAT SHAPE! Well shape bush as new growth developes, and it is a good time to do it now; you will be ok at Cape. If ever you are in Fish Hoek take a stroll down First Avenue and stop at "The Vine Cottage" No.4 We lived there for five years, the lavender in the front was planted by Mill; she does warn you that when she last saw it she longed to dive in with the pruners. (I do believe that the plants screamed in fear as she passed by; but perhaps it was just my fantasy)
Happy pruning.
Colin

Heloise Bottomley said...

TeeHee & Thanks again.I'll keep you posted onmy results - although this might take a while as you can imagine. :-)