Although there are weeds thriving in this extended autumn—and I could certainly be digging them out—I’ve busied myself getting the garage ready to receive the car just before the snow flies. This has been a good opportunity to consider what went right last summer, always a better thought than focusing on what went wrong. I had a lot of pleasure from blue flowers, especially from a generous pot of ‘Lady’ lavender (Lavandula angustifolia ‘Lady’), which is more blue-lavender than the usual purple colour range. I’ve seen ‘Lady’ listed as hardy to Zone 5, but have my doubts about that. It doesn’t return when planted in my Zone 6a garden, although that might be attributed to unsuitable growing conditions (too much watering). But the dwarf (8-inch / 20 cm) plant is a good candidate for containers, and that’s where I put it. ‘Lady’ liked being elevated from the ground, with soil kept a bit dry. This was a pleasure all season, and I brushed my hands through the blue stems every time I passed. Growing ‘Lady’ was an ideal way to enjoy lavender, without the constraints of finding just the right drainage and light combination in my generally too-wet beds.
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