Wednesday, May 18, 2016

My Garden Journal - Goodbye to the Lavender Hedge

I've been busy gardening, when it wasn't snowing as it did earlier this week.
Big fluffy flakes, little dancing ones and occasionally a white out effect. Crazy weather!
As I continue to work my way through the gardens and assess winter damage I find that a few shrubs didn't make it, a couple with help from the bunnies. 
My biggest disappointment is the die back of the lavender hedge at the front of our house. This is the first time almost the whole hedge needed replacing and I decided against it. Instead of being a feature point, lavender will have the role of accent plants between the carpet roses that line the walkway. Much less to trim back twice a year.
Our home is on a garden tour next month so it's important that there is nothing to trip over along the paths, or anywhere for that matter. Our oldest grandson came over on the weekend to level brick borders and dig the rhubarb leaf stepping stones in deeper as the frost had pushed them up.
The serviceberries are in bloom now with the flowering crab ready to burst into colour when a warm sunny day arrives.
I haven't always been leaving comments when visiting other blogs but it's nice to take a quick peek and carry on outside to garden. 
Happy Gardening, Take Time for Tea.

30 comments:

  1. Hello Judith, lovely pic's from your garden. The lavender is gorgeous, sorry about the die back. I like the pretty stepping stones. I hope your weather is better than ours, it is not too good for gardening. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

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  2. Hi,Judith,
    I like to see photos from your garden with many flowers. The stepping stones of leaf shapes are pretty. I hope those flowers in your garden will not damaged by a bad weather.
    I went to a rose garden near my house yesterday. I was surprised to see that the gardener trimmed white roses which looked still fresh. He said that it would be raining soon. The roses have spots by the rain and have disease. I am a quite amateur about growing flowers, but it was interesting to hear that. Have a happy day!

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  3. Dear Judith:
    Your home garden looks wonderful. Congratulations on being on a tour. I loved it all!

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  4. That's too bad about your lavender hedge, Judith, but it sounds like you have a good solution and it will be much easier to mantain. Your stepping stones look so beautiful and what a help your grandson was! How wonderful to be on the garden tour!! I hope you'll share pictures of that.

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  5. Your garden looks so lush and beautiful it its early spring. It's nice your grandson can come along and give some help. Love your stepping stones.

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  6. Beautiful garden. Love those stepping stones. So nice to have young help! Ha! Have fun on the tour.

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  7. I love the lavender hedge and it's too bad you lost some over the winter. It looks pretty with the pink. Your rhubarb leaf stepping stones are really attractive. You have a lot of beautiful plants and I'm sure you are enjoying getting back outside and gardening again. Hopefully the weather will start warming up! Enjoy.

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  8. Snow? That's not funny in May! I love th pic of your serviceberries. never heard that name so I search for it on Wikipedia ;-) And know I know the Dutch name. Why wasn't you telling that, haha. Its a krentenboompje. O and I LOVE the stepping stones. They are so great!
    https://momentsfrozentime.blogspot.nl/

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  9. Well, I've managed to kill or have die off all four French lavender plants I thought would flourish at our Stone House on the Hill in Greece. This week's blog post about the stonework, should have mentioned that the one sort-of-surviving hope was trampled as the stones were installed. Oh well, maybe next year. Your garden is a perfect choice to be included in a garden tour. Good luck with it!

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  10. I'd love to visit your garden on the tour. Too bad it's so far away. Snow in May - CRAZY! I love the rhubarb leaf stepping stones!

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  11. I have seen that serviceberry tree around where I live but didn't know what it was! I'm sorry about the Lavender. I had two nice French Lavender plants last year but they didn't come back this year. I am reassessing what I want in my garden - I love pretty, fragrant, and relatively easy plants.

    Your walkway withe leaf stepping stones is wonderful, also!

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  12. It all looks lovely to me, even if you are slipping in photos from a former year. A garden tour, eh? That sounds labor intensive all around. I'd love to be on it, though, that I can guarantee. Sorry about the losses and only hope that they make room for better plants and plans. Have fun preparing for the tour...I'll not expect to see you for some time. ;>

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  13. Awl, dang, I am so sorry for you to lose your lavender hedge. That's a big deal for anyone but certainly for someone who has a blog named LAVENDER Cottage!

    It's been the weirdest weather here too but it snowed there last week? And you have a garden tour next week? YIKES. I'm hurting for you!

    Good luck- be sure to tell us how it goes. Today is blue and sunny and 73. Perfect weather. I should be in the garden but I am not. : - )

    Hugs. ♥


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  14. I think we only lost one lavender plant, so not bad...darn snow!

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  15. That lavender was beautiful, but sure it will also be lovely when you have planted it in a different way!

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  16. Nice to see you popping by. I like the walking path.

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  17. Hi Judith, So sorry about your lavender hedge! I bought two 'Phenomenal' lavender plants at a recent garden sale. I like your rhubarb leaf stepping stones - they look great, Judith. So nice that your grandson came over to help you prepare for the garden tour. The serviceberry is gorgeous! Hope your weather is good now and will stay warm. :)
    Hugs, Beth

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  18. What a shame you lost the lavender. But I can't even get it to grow a season, for it is so delightful. I'd love to join the garden tour--as a viewer. I can only imagine the work that you must go through because I am sure that you want everything to be perfect. Let us know how it goes. We finally have glorious sunshine. Everything is so green and lush with so much rain, but I am glad for sun and warm.

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  19. That's a shame about the lavender, mine doesn't look too healthy right now, but I'm giving it time. I'd love to be there to take a tour of your garden Judith. I know how much work you are putting into it, and it certainly will be worth it.

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  20. For a minute I thought you were saying goodbye and then I read it again and realised it is "just" the hedge going, not you. I was so pleased that you will still be here. It is a shame about your lavender hedge, but I am sure you will still enjoy lavender elsewhere in the garden. We are thinking that our hedge might need some replacements this year! I hope that your garden tour goes well!

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  21. Oh that is too bad about the lavender hedge. But I can understand why you are only adding the lavender as accent plants....good luck with the tour....the flowering trees are just flowering here too....late for us.

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  22. I'm sad that you lost your beautiful lavender hedge, Judith! I've always admired your photos of it. I can understand wanting to try a new focal arrangement, However. I have lots of lavender growing in my gardens but it does require a lot of upkeep to keep it looking good. I put in some "knock out" rose sin this year in my backyard retaining wall. I had to cage them in with chicken wire so the deer don't east them this summer. If they survive and grow and boom again next summer I will let them out of the cages and hope for the best! I love their constant color ---a deep scarlet pink!

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  23. I'm sorry that your lavender hedge didn't survive this crazy spring weather. I wished that I lived closer so that I can attend your garden tour. Every summer, our town holds a "Secret Garden Tour" of 10 local gardens, but I always miss it. Maybe this year, I'll finally get a chance to go. Happy long weekend, Judith!

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  24. So sorry that your lavender hedge did not survive - this does happen but it is still dis-appointing.
    I do like the rhubarb leaf stepping stones - a great idea.

    Hope the garden tours go well

    Enjoy your weekend

    All the best Jan

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  25. Oh no, Judith, I'm really sorry for your lavender hedge! It was so beautiful... Well, at least roses and lavender sound like a wonderful combination and I'm sure your garden will soon look splendid.
    Throughout our country, the gardens were damaged this winter by the frost. My bigger, bought lavenders don't show any signs of life, but the small, last year's seedlings seem to be alive.
    The weather is not very warm now and it means we have been able to enjoy the early summer's green longer than usually.
    Have a lovely new gardening week! xx

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  26. Judith, I'm sad about the lavender hedge, but accents of lavender will be wonderful. I'd love to be one of the lucky ones visiting your garden. Happy gardening!

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  27. Judith, Lavender is one of my favorites. I am sorry to hear about your hedge. Time in the garden is priceless!

    I am finally feeling better and writing on my homemaking blog. I hope to see you there!

    http://www.thegentleartofhomemaking.com

    Gina

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  28. Judith, I too used to have a lavender hedge, but when it got too big and woody and my husband wanted to take it out, I had to agree. So now I just have a few lavender accents. Miss the hedge, but ... Your garden is so lovely no matter what changes you make. YOU just can't go wrong in the garden!

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  29. Oh Judith, you must know by now, that I adore Lavender and even having it now as an accent will add such charm. To have such a nice pathway and so many beautiful flowers upon the path is utterly charming. I know that your visitors shall be enchanted. I am visiting after being off for a few weeks and so happy to be here. Lying in bed is getting old, but I can now prop up pretty well and move about a bit easier~

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