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Re: perennials


Tony,
Some people think I'm picky or too literal when I say that Lavenders,
Persian Shield, Osteospermum - African Daisy, and Candytuft are shrubs, not
perennials or that Purple Fountain Grass, Thunbergia - Black Eyed Susan
Vine, and Pelargoniums are tender perennials, not annuals.  But I feel that
if we know this basic thing about a plant we can have more of an idea what
can or can't be done with it, and possibly how.

When I grew my first lavender years ago I cut it to the ground during early
spring cleanup because that's what you do with perennials.  And it didn't
come back - I killed it.  Had I known it was a shrub I wouldn't have done
that.  Admittedly, I was wrong about the cutting back for rebloom according
to Pam's experience.  Now that I think of it I have a Lilac that blooms 3 or
4 times a season and deadheading after each flowering does help.  So I guess
we both learned something on this one!

Kitty

----- Original Message -----
From: "Tony Veca" <romans8@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, August 05, 2003 10:46 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT]perennials


> on 8/5/03 6:37 PM, Kitty wrote:
>
> Lavenders aren't perennials
>
> Thanks Kitty - I'll be darned, I always thought they were perennials.
Never
> to old to learn something new.
>
> Tony Veca <><
> Another Gr888 Day in Paradise !!!!!
> Vancouver, WA  USA
>
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