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By Cestina

South Bohemia, Czech Republic Cz

I really, really do not understand lavender. I have been growing it in pots for years, here in the Czech Republic. I know one is not supposed to cut into the hard wood, I know one is supposed to give it a haircut after it flowers, I do all these things and some of the plants flourish and some throw up their stems and die on me.

Some years I carefully swathe the pots in warm poly stuff, sometimes I leave them unswathed. Doesn't seem to make any difference, some survive the winter, some don't. Even this winter, which dropped to -30 here and stayed at -18 for a couple of weeks, some plants came through (unswathed) and have thrown beautiful new growth, others haven't. But they are all treated the same.

I would welcome some advice a) on how to deal with them better and b) I had hoped to be able to bring a substantial amount of cut lavender back to the UK at the end of July for my son's wedding on 12th August - the colours are sage and lavender and we plan to decorate with lots of lavender.

Sadly what I have is not going to be enough as there is no sun here at the moment, growth is slow and I lost a lot of plants this winter. Can anyone suggest a (hopefully not too expensive) source of cut lavender somewhere not too far from Hoddesdon in Herts?

We will also be looking for masses of gyp.....

All suggestions gratefully received!



I just had a look at Norfolk Lavender, they sell everything to do with lavender including selling the plants and would I would think offer you advice if you emailedthem

14 Jun, 2012


What a wonderful website Pamg. Sadly a bit far from us to get cut lavender though useful for plants for the future. And certainly for advice, as you suggest.

Though I suspect there may be skilled lavender gardeners on here.....

14 Jun, 2012


I,m sure there is but I thought that you would enjoy the site.....

14 Jun, 2012


I don't know the answer but Cattlegate Road at Crews Hill in north Enfield has so many garden centres and floristry suppliers that it might be worth a trip , ask some questions and see if you can get useful advice.

Or contact Van Hagues at Great Amwell just north of Hoddesdon and see what they have to offer.

14 Jun, 2012


Ah yes I had forgotten about Crews Hill....thanks for the reminder.

15 Jun, 2012

How do I say thanks?

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