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12 June 2009 18:29:30


I did a spot of weeding today.

My lavender and sambucus are almost flowering. It's such a thrill to anticipate.

The sambucus is in the foreground of the photo - Black Lace, I think. The lavender is all around the tree - Munstead, I believe.

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Jacinta D Jacinta D 12 June 2009 22:19:02

I have tried a lot of different lavenders and in my opinion, munstead is the best. It never looks scraggy, and always keeps neat. And very reliable

MichaelC MichaelC 12 June 2009 23:02:22

I was just taking a look at your photos. You seem to have a very large garden with plenty of space to do all sorts of things, lucky you. You have a wonderful selection of plants. I wish I has the space for more. Witha small urban garden yiu have to be so selective.

Rachel Rachel 12 June 2009 23:11:29

Yes, Michael, I have a large garden and would not be so selective as you. If anyone gives me a plant, I will find a home for it. Of course, we all seek to improve and I do have areas where I am very selective. But my battle, for the last few years, has been to get the plants in - then later I can tweak.

Johnplotman Johnplotman 12 June 2009 23:28:25

A good start with the plants Rachel,is half the battle .

shelser shelser 14 June 2009 09:34:07

I know how you feel Rachel. Get them in and cover the ground, therefore smother out the weeds. Hopefully then you have less work and the gardeh prettier to look at. As I do this I seem to learn a little more about planting combinations; what I like and what the plants like. Evolution: sort of!

Jools O Jools O 14 June 2009 10:46:07

I was growing a Sambucus 'Black Lace' from a cutting I nicked and it was going fine last year but think the hard frost over Christmas did it in. I'm very sad. Did you ever propagate yours? I'm wondering if cuttings are the right way or if another way would be more suitable (like layering, maybe). Now that I found Cimicifuga at Bloom I don't feel so sad, but it still would've been nice to successfully grow 'Black Lace' from a nicked cutting :)

Rachel Rachel 14 June 2009 20:35:24

Hi Jools, sorry to hear about your Sambucus cutting. I've never tried that myself. No sign of my Cimifuga seeds germinating yet - they are in the fridge now. So, I have the Sambucus and you have the Cimicifuga!

Rachel Rachel 15 June 2009 00:29:46

Jools, the hubbie has just reminded me that he grew two common elder from cuttings. It was easy. Common Elder behaves much like a weed but I don't know if this applies to the varieties we'd be interested in growing. They hung around in pots for a few years. I dumped the last of them this spring - don't tell him!

Jools O Jools O 15 June 2009 08:32:55

That's why I chanced the 'Black Lace' cutting, since I knew Elder roots even if you just look at it hard enough. Ah well, guess I'll just have to suck it up and buy a 'Black Lace' plant. Now I'll have to figure out how to propagate the Cimicifuga so I can share it with you.

Rachel Rachel 15 June 2009 19:29:10

I wasn't hinting, Jools. Give your poor, newly purchased plant a good chance to establish and don't be cutting bits off it.


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