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July issue of The Irish Garden








Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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Lavender

09 July 2009 21:29:34
split lavender & just Joey

split lavender & just Joey

It has become increasingly obvious that the lavender in the West Garden needs replacing.

The bush split this year, showing its woody legs and leaving an unfixable gap in its middle.

I had bought a lovely nepeta at the Springmount Garden Festival exactly for that purpose. But then I thought I would leave the lavender until after it finished flowering. I ended up putting the nepeta somewhere else. I'm always doing that - buying a plant for a specific purpose but then getting seduced into planting it elsewhere. Does anyone else have that problem?

Anyway, I have started a 'July 09' album and also uploaded pictures of my carnivorous plants to the 'greenhouse' album.


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trug trug 09 July 2009 21:40:16

I go with the intention of buying that specific plant, and buy something else entirely!


Rachel Rachel 09 July 2009 22:07:58

: ) Of course we all do that too. I'm trying to be good though (recession etc) and only buy as necessary. Extravagant birthday pressies are allowed though!


Jacinta Jacinta 09 July 2009 22:27:57

I have that problem ALL the time. Thats why my garden usually ends up such a mess. Everything in the wrong place.


MichaelC MichaelC 10 July 2009 13:41:54

I thought I was the only one who did that sort of thing. Nice to know I'm not alone. I replaced a lavender with nepeta last year and I'm very pleased with the effect.


ClaireE ClaireE 10 July 2009 18:28:31

I was looking at your July pictures, they are very nice. Also, I keep seeing lilies open in everybody's journals and mine are nowhere near it! I'd say they need another 3 weeks before we see the flowers. They are not any later than usual though, so perhaps it's just that particular type of lily...


Rachel Rachel 10 July 2009 19:23:11

I think it must be down to variety, Claire. The lilies in the photo were planted in ceramic pots in the greenhouse so they would be ahead of their sisters in the open borders. My regal lilies, in the borders, are just finishing now. Glad to hear your report on nepeta, Michael. I'll need to look our for another.


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