Time for a trim

A trip to the hairdresser is long overdue. I’m beginning to look like Hagrid’s little sister but a text message from Annie who has been cutting my hair since she left college has reminded me that I have only twenty-four hours to wait. To celebrate I have given one of our lavender hedges a bit of a trim.

My love of lavender is well-known. It’s such a versatile plant; I’m partial to a lavender scone and harvest copious amounts for pot pourri and sleep sacks. Above all, it’s good for the bees. And yet it’s only comparatively recently that I have learnt to prune it properly.

I grew up being told never to cut into the woody stems or it wouldn’t flower again but even the most careful pruning would often result in a hedge with some gaps and less than luxuriant growth. I had to replace plants every 3-4 years.  Then I had an epiphany. I decided to cut back my lavender plants to about 9 inches, even into the wood when I pruned in August. I reckoned there was a 50:50 chance of survival and was prepared to replant if necessary. It wasn’t!.

Now when I prune the lavender in August when the flowers have turned from blue to grey and the bees have had their fill I’m not afraid to prune back into the wood, to just above some fresh shoots The plant pictured is one I planted 15 years ago. Proof that a good trim can keep a plant healthy and looking good. I hope the same it true for humans.

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  1. I have always been cautious too, but for the last couple of years I have cut into the woody part of the plant. Now the lavenders are thriving, sometimes you just have to break the rules, I guess!

    1. That’s true in gardening and in life – provided you’re prepared to put up with the consequences. 🙂 Must admit I’m more of a rule-breaker in the garden as I’ve got older.

  2. I think we gain courage with age…up to a point at least. I harvested some lavender yesterday, and scones are on the to-do list the next time it rains and I’m stuck indoors! It will be a great reward to bake something so yummy. Your plant is beautiful!

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