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  1. I am so impressed with your ability to grow lavenders in your climate. Your skill is first-rate.

    I think the bed of roses, ‘Jolly Bee’, and Achemilla looks better, but the marvelous sweet fragrance of the lavenders is hard to resist.

    In my climate all lavenders are effortless, but I also prefer the compact varieties as they look the best for the longest.

  2. Well Alistair so much to say…I grow all the lavenders I think you mentioned. They are hardy here as long as they have mostly sun and are in a dry spot. I love that hedge which gave me a thought about adding more lavender along our brick patio which looks much like your brick work there in the first shot. I had not thought about pruning them after they bloom as I leave the spent blooms until next spring. Perhaps the taller ones would like a bit more of a haircut.

    The new rose bed is stunning. I knew you would have success with those tomatoes…and none of the pests as I have!

    And I adore your shots of the beach and can see why The Donald is building there.

  3. Hi Alistair
    GREAT post!! As I started reading, I thought: I’m sure I have Lavendula angustifolia ‘Munstead’ right by my little rabbit statue! I went out to check, pulled the tag and yup! It’s the one. In fact I purchased 3 more of the same for that area this past spring. I enjoyed seeing your large lavender hedge but can understand how it could become woody over the years. I like my little compact lavender and it comes back every year. I am Zone 5A.
    Your Balmedie Beach reminds of the one we visited in Latvia this past summer, near Liepaja. Same thing – we walk through grasses (watch out for ticks 🙁 then across sand dunes and finally we got to a huge expanse of undeveloped beach on the Baltic Sea. In fact, it is forbidden to build hotels, etc so it may stay this wild and beautiful for a long time.
    And those tomatoes? Bring on the toast and mayo – I’ll be over for lunch 🙂
    Astrid

  4. As always a selection of fabulous photo’s. So jealous that you live near such a beautiful beach too…is life not perfect up Aberdeen way!! x

  5. Alistair, it is so lovely to see your lavenders. I am sorry your angustifolia had to go, but I hope Munstead will do better for you. My favorite lavender is l. viridii (green lavender) which has a sharp citrus fragrance.

    The coastline is very pretty, thank you for the tour.

  6. I used to have one Lavender ‘Hidcote’, but after 5 years it became very woody. I took some cuttings last year which survived the winter, but I think I made them too big, they became too leggy, so this spring I took cuttings from the cuttings, lots of them, and hope to have at least 20 plants by next year. They will probably take years to become big but hey, that’s gardening for you.

    Loved your photos from the beach, reminds me of when I lived on the west coast of Norway, many years ago. Your deep red Coleus looks marvellous, what is it called? I have looked at one online called ‘Red Petticoats’ which I have on my wish list for next year, is that what you have?
    Thanks for very good information about lavender, I am eager to get some back in my garden again, if my cuttings fail I will have to resort to some more online shopping 🙂

  7. A selection of beautiful photos and plants there Alistair! Do love that Lavender and the Alchemilla, and handy tips too! My favourite photo are the flock of seagulls along the beach, quite a sight to see them like that 🙂 Such a tranquil place

  8. I tried growing Lavender many years ago, but my dog at the time, a golden retriever, was not impressed and dug them up. He was a keen gardener.
    Years later, I tried again, but my dog at the time, a cavalier king charles spaniel, was not impressed. You know where this is going.
    Anyway, suffice to say, I cannot grow Lavender in my garden, and have to be content with viewing it in other people’s gardens instead. Your Lavender looks lovely.

  9. I love lavender, but can only grow it in a few spots here where I have trucked in some sandy soil. I do like the geranium and alchimilla in that bed, though. They really set off the roses well. I also enjoyed the beach trip. And while you were talking about your daylilies, I realized that I really like the look of your garden and the way you overplant. I guess the plants don’t always appreciate it, though!

  10. I rather like your Alchemilla and geranium combination Alistair, it really sets the roses off a treat. The beach looks wonderful, and what a fantastic light quality. Stunning.

  11. Love the lavender and the beach. Wat a wonderful place to take a walk. The long view with your daughter walking towards the horizon is quite a shot. On your comment on Jetpack, I do not have a site that is a .org, so I can not use the plugins.

  12. Great discussion of lavenders Alistair, so important, seems to me. Also I was happy to see you had to relocate some day lilies due to over planting, something I seem to do endlessly with everything. Tomatoes look great–I hope you have a pot of basil too.

    But, peely wally? What IS that?

    • Linnie, I am always over planting, I am well aware when I do it but just cant help myself. As for peely wally, well for instance, a friend may say to you, your son is lookin affa peely wally. Meaning, he is looking like a washed oot cloot.

  13. Thanks so much for the clarification Alistair, but what the heck is a washed oot cloot? (Sounds bad…)

    Also I forgot to mention how impressed I am that you have that beautiful beach so close by!

  14. Hi Alistair, your posts are not popping up in Blotanical, I thought it was because you were blogging fortnightly.
    Both lavenders look great to me. I’m beginning to wish I’d bought coleus plantlets like you because I’m waiting for my seedlings to have a growth spurt. Never seen such a sandy beach in this country, all to yourselves – fantastic.

    • Hi b-a-g, I am still blogging fortnightly and getting in touch with my friends like yourself on the same week. As for blotanical, seems like when I was messing about with my website settings I mucked things up. It should be fine now, however, it is not. I have tried getting in touch with blotanical but unfortunately getting no response. I am really very sorry to hear that your mother had passed away, I will keep checking your blog to see when your comments have been turned on again. In the meantime take care, talk again soon.

  15. Hi alastair, I am a lavender fan too, so exciting for bees. One of my English specimens has lasted for 30 years and is still going strong. Others, like yours, last only a few years if I’m lucky. That beach could be in Australia, looked quite familiar landscape. I did travel to Scotland once in my mispent youth, loved the landscape and felt at home, except the weather was much colder than I am accustomed to. cheers, cm

  16. There is no where on my property with enough sun and drainage to grow lavender. You are so lucky. I love the lady’s mantle, Jolly Bee, rose combo—gorgeous.

    • Hi Carolyn, I just noticed on a visit to my mothers sheltered housing complex, they have what looks like Lavender Hidcote growing in a border which is fully north facing. I was really surprised to see this.

  17. I have noticed that lavendar seems to have an expiration date. After a few years, it seems to struggle or suffer from drought and harsh winters. I do love it, however, so I always replace it. I love what you did in the bed. There is so much interest–worthy of a very long stare. You seem to have had a wonderful beach excursion…makes me yearn for such an excursion myself, Alistair. 🙂

  18. Hi Alistair, some lovely pictures there. We have a couple of lavenders, including Hidcote. I have trouble taking cuttings of them but sometimes they do take. There’s one we have which is quite large and flowers very prolifically, it’s a “greener” colour for a lavender and I wish I knew what it was called. I’ve also got a white one too. I’m at the stage now where I’ve got cuttings on the go, young plants potted up, mature lavenders in the ground and some old ones that need replacing so I’m getting into the cycle.

  19. Hi Alistair, Some helpful tips on growing lavender. I am sure you miss the Lavender Angustifolia in the raised border I think you are right when you say the Alchimilla Mollis Auslese and geranium give the roses more breathing room. The roses are hardly visible behind the pretty sea of lavender.

  20. Hello, very interesting post ????
    I planted lots of munstead last year (in derbyshire) and 1/2 of it has pretty much died a death already, no new growth/flowers on it. Wondering whether to replace (25or so plants) or try something else. I failed to cut it back in aug/sep though, didn’t realise that. Also when you say taking care not to cut into old wood, it all looks old to me? Any tips?

    • Hello Charlotte, you should be able to grow Lavender in Derbyshire. The main reason for Lavender dying off is poor drainage. They really cant cope with it. When planting mix loads of grit in amongst the soil and then add a layer of grit around each plant. Cutting back always ensure there is fresh growth below the point of where you are pruning on the stem.

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