A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 82 – Lavender

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“Lavendula” – Summer 2013 – Hamnett Place Community Garden – Wilkinsburg, PA – Lavender is one of those colors that my cheap camera had trouble with… In fact… Blue, Pink, and Purple were all difficult… The only way I could properly capture them was in perfect light… When the sun is high in the sky the light is a shade of blue… This tends to wash that color out of the photos… Sunrise and sunset are when the light is orange… That orange light is what allowed me to take this photograph…

A Plant a Day till Spring” will highlight one plant a day, starting on the winter solstice (December 21, 2013)… And ending on the vernal equinox (March 20, 2014)… If all goes to plan I will be starting with old Snowdrop photos from 2013… And ending with new photos of Snowdrops in 2014…

8 Days to Go

Lavendula… Commonly known as “Lavender”… Is pretty high up on my list of favorite short-lived herbaceous perennials… Something about the blue color of the flowers coupled with the silvery foliage makes it almost “alien” in the garden… This silvery-color of the leaves is a dead giveaway that it is of Mediterranean origin… Plants from extremely sunny parts of the world tend to have light-colored leaves to reflect more sunlight than they absorb…

Lavender is very easy to grow in the home garden… It is an essential plant for those looking for perennials to grow in a full-sun no-maintenance part of the garden… I recommend watering any new-plant for at least the first month or until the plant is established (for the sake of this post by “established” I mean the plant has resumed normal growth)… After establishment… Lavender will only need watered under extreme drought conditions…

Lavender does require a small amount of annual maintenance… It should be pruned in the Spring by remove some of the dead growth… Lavender grows from a single stem… As the plant ages it tends to form a clump at the end its stem… Over time the leafy clump grows away from the roots and the plant tends to flop over… Although the plant still has some life in it… I recommend harvesting and replacing… Once Lavender gets to a certain point there is nothing you can really do to save it…

Sometimes its just best to harvest and use Lavendula…

Lavendula – Plants for a Future Database

Lavender – From the Witchipedia

Now off to work and play… 60 degrees and sunny today… Muddy… But sunny… Then more snow tomorrow… So… Until next time…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

If you want some science – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lavender

These “Plant a Day Till Spring” posts are simply intended to kill time until spring when I start writing more… My source (where applicable) is Wikipedia.org… The photography is all my own… And I am adding my own information…

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