In the flower garden ๐Ÿ

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French Lavender Photo by Nickย 

With the start of summer; Iโ€™ve been contemplating which plants Iโ€™m going to choose for my summer pots. I enjoy looking at attractive plants throughout the year in my small garden.

The natural environment of our garden plants changes dramatically. If you, like me watch the seasons go by; you will have observed these changes yourself.

Plants and flowers are struggling to survive due to climate change. The bee population is in decline and this will have a knock on effect for the plants we grow in the future.

By introducing flowering plants into our garden we can help bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

If I had to choose just one plant that fulfils these objectives it would be…

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Red Admiral Butterfly on Lavender Photo by Nick

Lavender

itโ€™s an extremely versatile evergreen shrub with a great range of uses.

Lavender looks beautiful planted on mass and it has a soothing distinctive scent.

Its latin name Lavandula angustifolia meaning narrow leaved lavender; flowers in June and July. This variety grows to form a rounded, shaped grey, leaved bush with mauve flowers on spiked branches.

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Lavender with Bee Photo by Nick

A wide range of cultivars exist from L. angustifolia including Hidcote, a slow growing variety, Folgate which is richly scented.

On Royal purple and Imperial gem the flowers and leaves can be dried and used for pot-pourri or made into dried lavender bags.

French lavender is a more ornate variety with feathery leaves on top of the flowers. With cultivars the flowering season can vary depending on plants.

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White Lavender Photo by Nick

Growing details for gardeners; Lavender requires a sunny site, with reasonable fertile, well-drained soil.

Plants should be cut back in mid-spring to the previous years growth by 5 cms (2 in). Avoid cutting the old wood.

Lavender can be grown with roses; another plant pollinators like.

Lavender flowers are blended to make lavender oil, which is renowned for its healing properties. Lavender has been grown commercially for itโ€™s oil, for a few hundred years in Britain.

English lavender is popular because itโ€™s oil is stronger than other varieties. Home, medicinal and beauty products are created from this to produce essential oil, massage oil, perfume, herbal tea and soaps.

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Lavender Photo by Nick
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Wild Meadow Flowers Photo by Nickย 

 


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