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Old 04-28-2008, 03:38 PM   #1
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Lavender

I planted lavender last year and they got pretty ugly looking toward the middle of the winter. Now it is spring and the one is looking gorgeous. Its full and luscious but the other only has some small growth starting at the very bottom of the stems. The tops of the stems still look dead and ugly.

My question is...do I clip the dead stuff off the ugly plant or just wait to see what continues to grow up the stems?

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Old 04-28-2008, 03:41 PM   #2
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I'd trim it off, but you might want to wait for a more experienced gardener. LOL!!
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Old 04-28-2008, 04:21 PM   #3
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Yes. cut off the dry, gray branches and let the fresh green come through. It will be beautiful. Mine is already!
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Old 05-22-2008, 11:02 PM   #4
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What do you do with the lavendar? I saw some plants a the nursery but wasn't sure what I would use it for.
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Old 05-22-2008, 11:07 PM   #5
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FutbolMom, there are so many uses! I love my lavender I planted last spring. I did three varieties, so there would be different purples and greens. First use is the most obvious - great bouquets to fill your home with scent. Then, you can dry them and keep all the little purple flowers for various uses, such as filling sachets, keeping out like potpourri (I have a big ironstone bowl of it out right now), or using for your cooking. Make sure you don't spray any pesticides!
Another use is a birdfeeder - there are tiny yellow birds that frequent my lavender heads, now that they've gone to seed. I started deadheading the plants till I saw many of the little fellows having meals. Now, I'll wait a while longer.

Here's some more info for you:
Lavender, Lavender Flower, Cooking with Lavender, Lavender Recipes, Culinary Lavender
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Old 05-23-2008, 09:50 AM   #6
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Yes, trim off the dry gray leaves. The plant will come back to life. Mine has about 15-trillion buds on it right now. I think it's waiting for the first hot day to bust into bloom!

I love the flowers for making Lavender Caramel Ice Cream (page 169 in "the book"!) and I use the greens the same way I use rosemary.
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Old 05-23-2008, 10:16 AM   #7
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I would trim it also. Mine did not survive the winter, again. When I do have some, and am feeling ambitious, I make my own Herbes de Provence.
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Fresh herbes des Provence are incredibly lovely and reek of summer!
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Old 05-23-2008, 11:20 AM   #9
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If you take a bath, put lavender in the water. Supposed to have a calming effect.
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Old 06-03-2008, 05:41 PM   #10
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Make soap with it!! :P

Seriously, lavender buds make the best exfoliant ever. Nice and gentle, but still scrubby.
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