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« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2007 07:05:18 AM »

It might be an abelia.
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« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2007 12:25:00 PM »

If you haven't pruned the lav yet - usually you wait until fall and do a hard prune, unless you forgot to do it and then you can do a light prune in spring if it hasn't started to send out flower spikes - if it has, you should wait. It won't hurt it either way. The more important thing to check is if it has "split" over the winter - if part of the plant has leaned off away from the main center. If that's the case you can wait until your Mom gets back and have her show you how to layer off that part of the plant.
Oh, and I think the herb is in the mint family - esp. if it is growing like crazy - it is pretty invasive in a way that oregano is not.
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« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2007 01:34:49 PM »

We've been slaving away in the garden for days, and I come back and find all your lovely advice!  Thanks, guys Grin  The purple plant mystery is solved!  Apparently, it's Daphne. 

I seriously doubt if that is lilac, it is sort of that shape but there would be way more flowers in that little group and the branch doesn't look like a lilac branch. If it's lilac, it is one sick puppy.

I had thought it would, too, but there are these weird cut marks on it's main branches where there should be little stems  - which no one has explained and might be making the Daphne sick (it's looking decidedly peaky right now Cry).

The herb: easy way to tell if it is part of the mint family -- is the stem square instead of round? Seriously. If you look at mints their stems have four ridges that make them more square than round.

For a decent PDF on rose pruning:
www.jlgardencenter.com/uploads/handouts/Rose%20Care.pdf

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OOOH, thanks!  I think it has a round stem...  I'll have to check...

If you haven't pruned the lav yet - usually you wait until fall and do a hard prune, unless you forgot to do it and then you can do a light prune in spring if it hasn't started to send out flower spikes - if it has, you should wait. It won't hurt it either way. The more important thing to check is if it has "split" over the winter - if part of the plant has leaned off away from the main center. If that's the case you can wait until your Mom gets back and have her show you how to layer off that part of the plant.
Oh, and I think the herb is in the mint family - esp. if it is growing like crazy - it is pretty invasive in a way that oregano is not.

Yeah, the lavender hasn't been pruned in, like, 2 years.  So, I should wait until Fall?  I finally couldn't take it any longer and cut back the side that's covering the sidewalk - people had to sidle around it Tongue (which was also a bit embarrassing)

Thanks again, guys Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: April 04, 2007 04:33:05 PM »

2 years - well, you could do a shapping prune like you did, then wait until fall for the hard prune. Lavenders like to get sheared back by a third - I found out last year from local growers - so mine got their first serious prune last fall.
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« Reply #14 on: April 06, 2007 12:46:53 PM »

2 years - well, you could do a shapping prune like you did, then wait until fall for the hard prune. Lavenders like to get sheared back by a third - I found out last year from local growers - so mine got their first serious prune last fall.

By a third?  Thank you!  A definite number (I'm all about that).  I'll remember that Grin
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« Reply #15 on: April 06, 2007 01:12:11 PM »

Here is a pix of how they do it at the lavender farms - sadly mine look nothing like this - but you get the idea.
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« Reply #16 on: April 07, 2007 10:23:10 AM »

we've had snow and a hard freeze and my poor lilacs are now the sick puppies, they were so full of blooms, was gonna be the best they've done in years and now it doesn't look good, thank goodness I brought my elephant ear pot back in the house. good luck with the garden
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« Reply #17 on: April 10, 2007 02:22:44 PM »

Here is a pix of how they do it at the lavender farms - sadly mine look nothing like this - but you get the idea.

I love the French.  But, mine'll never look that good!  (laughing)  Thank you for sharing it, though Cheesy

we've had snow and a hard freeze and my poor lilacs are now the sick puppies, they were so full of blooms, was gonna be the best they've done in years and now it doesn't look good, thank goodness I brought my elephant ear pot back in the house. good luck with the garden

Poor lilacs!  Thank you, and you too Grin
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« Reply #18 on: April 19, 2007 04:07:45 PM »

You might trying posting a pictures to the identify this plant section of the You Grow Girl forums. The peeps over there are mighty helpful when it comes to plants and gardening.

www.yougrowgirl.com/forums/

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« Reply #19 on: April 19, 2007 05:33:00 PM »

You might trying posting a pictures to the identify this plant section of the You Grow Girl forums. The peeps over there are mighty helpful when it comes to plants and gardening.

www.yougrowgirl.com/forums/

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