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DeborahBanks

The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies — Gertrude Jekyll. 

Lavandula angustifolia

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DeborahBanks

#advice-lavender please. I read that I should cut lavender back now, no matter even if it's still flowering and looks ok. Monty says it depends on location. I'm confused. I'm still enjoying the lavender and I'm a bit loathe to cut it back.

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DeborahBanks

@awomanonabike can you advise me please? I remember you're a fellow Cumbrian. 😊

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anges

I'd leave it a bit longer if you like it, then cut it back. Can't do it any harm and the bees will thank you 😃🐝🐝🐝

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DeborahBanks

Thanks @anges. The article I read in the telegraph I think it was, made out I'd kill it if I didn't do it there and then.

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DeborahBanks

I've just noticed I have another echinacea bud 😊😊

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anges

🤔 I doubt it, I usually leave mine till they look tatty and then cut them back a bit - not into the wood & I've had no trouble. I'm not that far from you either 😃 See what other people say too 👍

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awomanonabike

Hi Deborah, I do mine in two stages. I cut the flowers off when they have faded, so not for a while yet, then I trim it back harder in the spring once it is starting to sprout again. I can’t remember where I read to do it this way but it is doing well. I’ll tag you in a before/after. Btw, where in Cumbria are you? Is it pouring down again?!

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DeborahBanks

Thanks @anges and @awomanonabike, I'm in Whitehaven up on the cliffs so it's usually rather windy. Its rained rather a lot again today. I believe the forecast is looking better though after today. About time too. 😊

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awomanonabike

You’re welcome Deborah. You’re probably a bit windier but maybe not quite as cold as here - just as wet though I suspect 😉🤷‍♀️😂

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DeborahBanks

@awomanonabike yes true about the cold, we dont often get snow, although I've said that now.....

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ublaszko

I'm sure I remember Monty prunning his lavender the same way as Jacqueline @awomanonabike He says that giving lavender only a light trim in autumn protects it from winter frost. I cut my rosemary and thyme in spring and give them a hard prune, a couple of leaves above the old wood.

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awomanonabike

I’m pleased to hear I’m in good company 😉😂 @ublaszko

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DeborahBanks

Huge flower spikes, this has been so happy in a planter and the 🐝 population has enjoyed it too.

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