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From:Date:Zone:
Carmen29-Aug-01 11:40 PM EST 8   
Debbie30-Aug-01 12:59 AM EST   
Connie10-Sep-01 05:55 PM EST 8   
The Budding Poet10-Sep-01 11:08 PM EST 5a   
Budding Comic11-Sep-01 08:18 AM EST   
carmen12-Sep-01 01:56 AM EST   
Carmen12-Sep-01 01:59 AM EST   
Jody28-Sep-01 05:52 PM EST 5a   
Afua 21-Oct-01 11:15 AM EST   
Christine04-Nov-01 09:35 AM EST   
Christine04-Nov-01 09:38 AM EST   
The Budding Poet04-Nov-01 10:46 PM EST 5a   
Faye06-Nov-01 10:17 PM EST 6   
Linda10-Apr-05 09:46 AM EST 6a   


Subject: lavender
From: Carmen
Zone: 8
Date: 29-Aug-01 11:40 PM EST

I planted 8 lavender plants last year. They grew by leaps and bounds...problem, I guess I got the kind that just flow outward..I wanted the kind that grow upward and are "stiff". I don't know the type that I bought (it was at the local plant sale last spring, tagged "lavender". I do know that it has got to go. If anyone knows the name of that type (stiff, upright) I'd like to know it. Also if anyone out there from Victoria/Vancouver, B.C. wants to trade their stiff lavender for the floppy...you know where to reach me! thank you.


Subject: RE: lavender
From: Debbie
Zone:
Date: 30-Aug-01 12:59 AM EST

I think the variety you might want is Hidcote. It grows very straight up but tends to need pruning back to keep it's shape over time, much like sage does. Munstead is nice but my favorite this year for color and shape is blue river...wonderful blue.


Subject: RE: lavender
From: Connie
Zone: 8
Date: 10-Sep-01 05:55 PM EST

I just purchased 5 lavender plants from a local country fair. It is called "Spanish lavender" and blooms late into the fall before it requires pruning. It is a stand-up type and spreads very quickly. Connie Victoria BC


Subject: RE: lavender
From: The Budding Poet
Zone: 5a
Date: 10-Sep-01 11:08 PM EST

For four seaons of fragrance here in zn5a we are happy with the sprawling 'Munstead'. A thirty foot hedge happily billows out over the solar heated flagstone walk treating us to its peaceful fragrance whenever we brush against it. Even when the snow is seven feet high and temp is -35C we are treated to a lovely whiff when the snow blower clears the walk.


Subject: RE: lavender
From: Budding Comic
Zone:
Date: 11-Sep-01 08:18 AM EST

Carmen - You are not alone in being disappointed with the floppy kind that you describe but the 'stiff' upright variety is quite treasurered and sadly quite rare especially in older plants. I suggest you check out the 'Viagra' lavendar. It may be expensive but well worth it when you see it stiff and upright in it's full glory.


Subject: RE: lavender
From: carmen
Zone:
Date: 12-Sep-01 01:56 AM EST

Well, well now budding comic you may just have some "master gardener" in you! A master gardener at Southlands Nursery told me that it may not be so much the "type" I had chosen but that I hadn't nipped him in the bud at both autumn and spring. Moral here...If you want a stiff one...give his bud a little nip! (of course in both autumn and winter)

thank you budding comic - on a day of incredible sadness and tragedy I was able to find a little humor in your post.


Subject: RE: lavender
From: Carmen
Zone:
Date: 12-Sep-01 01:59 AM EST

whoops that was autumn and spring to be doing that bud thang!

carmen


Subject: RE: lavender
From: Jody
Zone: 5a
Date: 28-Sep-01 05:52 PM EST

Can anyone tell me an easy way to dry my lavender? I planted early in the spring, the plant has done great and I want to bring that smell inside ...somehow ... any ideas?


Subject: RE: lavender
From: Afua
Zone:
Date: 21-Oct-01 11:15 AM EST

I recently bought a lavendar plant- it stands upright and is pretty sturdy. The problem is that ever since I bought it Canada and brought it back to New York, it has not been doing well. Can you tell me what it likes and needs? Thank you....


Subject: RE: lavender
From: Christine
Zone:
Date: 04-Nov-01 09:35 AM EST

For Jody, re drying lavender. You may be too late for this year. You need to harvest the flowers, before they open. Check the flower stalk each day and just as the first few flowers open, cut the stalk. The best time of day is late morning. The oil which gives the scent is stored lower in the plant over night and the sun brings the oil back to the leaves and flowers. I usually lie my lavender on some paper to dry, but I understand to keep the color at it's best, you should put it in a paper bag to dry. I have had good luck with other varieties, such as Lavandula heterophylla - Sweet Lavender, as a house plant. Here in Southern Ontario it is not winter hardy so it spends the summer on the patio and winter in the house. It has a lovely fresh lavender scent and pretty flowers.


Subject: RE: lavender
From: Christine
Zone:
Date: 04-Nov-01 09:38 AM EST

For Afua: You don't say what zone you are in, but basically lavender needs full sun and very good drainage. We find in southern Ontario, drainage can make all the difference.


Subject: RE: lavender
From: The Budding Poet
Zone: 5a
Date: 04-Nov-01 10:46 PM EST

Jody Re:drying lavender

When blooms are young we fill a few vases and allow to dry inside. The rest of the hedge is then given a haircut and the trimings are dried on an old patio door screen slowly in the basement. A bushel basket of fragrant lavender blooms was harvested this year. By simply stirring the basket our entire home smells like a day in Provence.

Leave a few blooms on your plant next year to set seed . If you are lucky you will always have lots for replacements or treasured gifts.


Subject: RE: lavender
From: Faye
Zone: 6
Date: 06-Nov-01 10:17 PM EST

Shear your plants the beginning of spring and again in late summer to encourage new sturdier growth.........grow them in the sun and keep their feet dry....they do not like overly rich soils either......


Subject: RE:pruning lavender, holly, honeysuckle vine
From: Linda
Zone: 6a
Date: 10-Apr-05 09:46 AM EST

When is the best time to prune lavender plants? I also need pruning advice for holly shrubs and Goldflame honeysuckle vines. Thanks.


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