Finally I got to spend time in the garden. Well not technically in the veggie patch, but in my potting shed, potting up my lavender. After the craziness of the last couple of days, there is nothing more relaxing than potting up lavender. And it definitely had a calming effect on my little assistant Tim the Helper. It was a lovely afternoon, until we ran out of polybags.
The task was selected purely for the guilt factor exuding from it. There was a lot of guilt. They were starting to get a bit woody and the colour was no longer vibrant, but a sort of pasty yellowy green. So rescuing them from their pots was quite timely. Their roots were a little bound, but shame prevents me from elucidating further. So now they have fresh new nutrient rich soil all about their roots.
I have repotted 63 plants and there are still 44 to go. So 107 altogether and I only lost one. Not bad. All this from a $2.50 seed packet, which makes them three and a half cents each. In the garden centres you can buy lavender of the same size for $6, so my crop is worth $642. Not bad at all.
The thing is I want to ask some advice. I’m not that good at growing flowers or anything that’s not strictly edible and so I wondered if I should give them a wee prune as some of them are getting quite leggy. There seems to be some new growth at the base of the plant. The variety is Dwarf Munsted and the description in the seed catalogue says: “A dwarf low growing compact bush with lavender-purple flowers with the true Olde English scent. Very suitable as an edging plant with edible flowers.”
I want to make it into a nice edging plant around my deck and will probably get onto it this spring – early summer as I have put the plants somewhere that will annoy Hubby the Un-Gardener into action as he will need to help me build a small raised bed around the length of the deck. It should look lovely when it is finished and in full bloom.
But the question is – should I give them a prune or not? A light prune or a heavy one? Please let me know.
Come again soon – I shall be relaxing amongst the lavender as I repot the rest. What a great job.
Sarah the Gardener : o )