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Re: perennials

You are actually supposed to cut lavenders back by a third in Spring.
Most years I remember to do this. Makes for a good base for my potpourri
w/ all the lavenders I have. I cut out any dead stuff whenever it
appears of course...

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Tue, 5 Aug 2003 23:35:41 -0500

>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!
>----- 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.
>> to old to learn something new.
>> Tony Veca <><
>> Another Gr888 Day in Paradise !!!!!
>> Vancouver, WA  USA
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Kemp TX/zone 8A


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