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03:36 pm - Lavender, Post #6
[sneezes]

This post will be short, because I spent an hour outdoors, at an organic (pesticide-free) nursery selecting plants for my containers and for one spot in my backyard which requires a little help. The nursery was *awesome*, btw: small but beautifully organized, with the large native-plant selection along two aisles and the rest of the plants arranged perfectly. A bee was actually super-annoyed that I took a portaluca (to replace one that died), and buzzed in an irritated fashion until I walked away. Butterflies soared in and out of the plants, fluttering color over color.

But now of course my allergies are killing me. It is the Circle of Life.

Anyway -- I also bought some lavender. I love lavender. On Pinterest I am always sucked in by the Provencal fields, or English Fields, I don't care, of that lovely purple stuff. (Like this one, not on Pinterest.) In fact I might have to go get more, because I love it.

I am hapless at doing anything with it, mind. But yay lavender.

What's one of your favorite plants? :)

May your Saturday be full of blooms, real or metaphorical.

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From:mobile_alh
Date:May 16th, 2015 07:51 pm (UTC)
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Lavender is up at the top of my list, alongside to Japanese maples, which actually like my current climate (not so much when I lived in Southern California...)

I hope the allergies fade fast. Happy weekend!
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From:laurawise
Date:May 17th, 2015 11:56 am (UTC)
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Oh, what great choices! Hugs and lavender and Japanese maples to you, ALH. :)
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:May 16th, 2015 09:42 pm (UTC)
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I love lavender too, and really want to plant some at the front between the buddlia and the rosemary (I already have a load at the back).
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From:laurawise
Date:May 17th, 2015 11:56 am (UTC)
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English lavender is so wonderful. Hurrah for having it in your landscape!

Cheers and a good Sunday, too!
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From:paratti
Date:May 16th, 2015 09:43 pm (UTC)
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I love roses.

Lavender is pretty but the scent triggers my asthma, so I have to avoid it.
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From:laurawise
Date:May 17th, 2015 11:57 am (UTC)
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Oh, I love roses too, but this is not the climate for them. I might see if I can manage a bush or two, though, for cutting purposes....

Cheers and easy breathing and hugs!
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From:janus_74
Date:May 16th, 2015 10:23 pm (UTC)
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Since they're blossoming right now, my crab apple trees. But I dislike the crab apple mess they make in the fall :(
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From:laurawise
Date:May 17th, 2015 11:58 am (UTC)
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Oh, yeah, the blossoming fruit trees can be a pain once the blooms are gone. Cheers and no messes for your Sunday, T! :)
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From:gwynnega
Date:May 16th, 2015 10:51 pm (UTC)
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I love ice plants (another purple plant!). Lavender is also excellent.
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From:laurawise
Date:May 17th, 2015 11:59 am (UTC)
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I had to look up ice plants, and am now craving one. Thanks, Gwynne. ;)

Cheers, hugs, happy Wiscon preparation!
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From:ljrags
Date:May 16th, 2015 11:38 pm (UTC)
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Daffodils. Actually most of the spring bulb plants. There was a flower that grew at my grandparents called Spider Lily. You would wake up one morning and there it was. The flower appears before the leaves do! ALso love lavender and rowdy gaudy geraniums in window boxes.
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From:laurawise
Date:May 17th, 2015 12:01 pm (UTC)
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Bulb plants are fabulous! At my dad's house there are irises that originated 60 years ago at his mother's -- my youngest brother has taken some for his yard, so that the cycle can continue. Alas for me, the climate's not right down here.

Hugs and tea and lovely blossoms for you!
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From:anne_d
Date:May 17th, 2015 04:53 am (UTC)
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I like lavender too, but I love carnations. Also fuschias.

Feel better soon! Hugses!
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From:laurawise
Date:May 17th, 2015 12:02 pm (UTC)
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Fuchsias are glorious! I like carnations too but do not love them. :)

Cheers and hugs to you on this Sunday!
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From:freixenet
Date:May 17th, 2015 03:28 pm (UTC)
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I have some roses I adore, and I have plenty of flowers for butterfly amusement, but I agree, lavender is...the best!

I need to find out the name of the nursery! Places that sell natives must be supported. Sorry about the allergic reaction, though. Wah.

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From:laurawise
Date:May 17th, 2015 08:02 pm (UTC)
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You are a genuine gardener, F. I am in awe of what you can grow!

(Will email the name of the nursery.)
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From:desdemonaspace
Date:May 17th, 2015 04:35 pm (UTC)
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That lavender is BEAUTIFUL. I just planted some perennial seeds, because I don't have the energy to fool with gardening anymore. I planted bee balm, columbine, and dwarf hollyhocks, to go with the existing lilies, wisteria, and Russian sage (which is purple, but nothing like your lovely lavender plants.)
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From:laurawise
Date:May 17th, 2015 08:03 pm (UTC)
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Planting seeds impresses me! I don't remember about that option until it's too late here. :)

Hugs and flowers for you!
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From:roguedemon
Date:May 18th, 2015 06:18 am (UTC)
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It's turned out that I am allergic to lavender -- I had some unfortunate reactions to certain products. But it is a very pretty plant -- purple is my favorite color. I posted a pic of some wisteria on FB the other day, that is a lovely plant. I also love lilacs. In Rochester there are a ton of lilacs around and they have a lilac festival every year. Another plant that has good associations for me is rhododendron. When I was at Princeton the Graduate College dorm was surrounded by rhododendron bushes and they looked absolutely beautiful in the spring. Gorgeous colors.

I rather admire your determination to do yard work despite your allergies. After all the yard work my parents made me do despite mine I decided I would never do yard work again. In a very Scarlett O'Hara type of way.:) I really wanted to live in the city, and when G and got a house it was with the condition that I would never have to do yard work. We picked one with a tiny front garden area that has groundcover -- no lawn, which makes it easier. I think it's awesome that you are getting rid of yours, very environmentally sound. But please remember to take lots of Benadryl while you're doing all this work. ((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:May 18th, 2015 04:12 pm (UTC)
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Oh, boo for your allergies to various scented products. I think that's fairly common, though -- one of my friends, who doesn't have severe allergies, nevertheless reacts badly to scented candles. (I remember this when he comes over.)

I don't do all that much yardwork, truly. ;) I'm doing more now because it's the end of the High-Pollen-All-The-Time season and right before the Too-Hot-To-Plant season, but soon I will be slothful as usual. (I can't work outside at all in March and early April, which is the best time to plant here.)

Hugs!
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From:stateless82
Date:May 21st, 2015 03:42 am (UTC)
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Along with lavender, I love lilies of the valley. And rosemary. Lilacs. Wild violets.
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From:laurawise
Date:May 21st, 2015 01:04 pm (UTC)
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Oh, your mention of violets reminds me how much I love pansies! Heartsease, indeed.

Hugs hugs!

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