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So Goodbye Lavender Edge......

By Ozhene @papaver

Let me rewind to 2007 when the front garden looked like this:

So goodbye lavender edge......

I declared this front garden boring and decided a knot garden was what it needed. I sometimes wonder if I should have left well alone. Yes it was dull, but the front garden seems to have been a constant battle I have never really won. I could just have mown it once a fortnight, yet that was just not what I wanted to do.

So goodbye lavender edge......

The garden was laid out as tiny box cuttings in the spring of 2008; by 2013 it looked like this. Yes even then the lavender hedge was a bit sprawly but it had a lot to redeem itself with. In the summer it was always alive with bees and butterflies and it was a joy to brush past as the scent would be released. I did love the lavender edge.

So goodbye lavender edge......

But then the lavender edge got old and sprawly. I kept it pruned but it was long past its best. So the other day I was weeding under the (out of shot) Magnolia tree and I started to weed along under the lavender edging. This was going quite well, there has been no rain for a couple of days so the soil is quite friable and weeds were coming out relatively easily. Then, the new year mood hit me, why was I persisting with this edging that was way past its best? I have been thinking about removing it for far longer than is reasonable, a good couple of years. My hesitation was not because I thought it could be redeemed, it was because I could not decide what to put in its place.

So goodbye lavender edge......

The muse was upon me, 'out with the old, in with the new' I declared to no-one in particular, and I dug up the first lavender bush.

Work commenced well and quite quickly. Day 1 I removed the edge from the side lawn and then I weeded along to remove the weeds had invaded around the roots.

So goodbye lavender edge......

Day 2 was remove the edge from around the Knot Garden itself. This edge is a couple of years older than the side lawn edge and so even more scrubby.

So goodbye lavender edge......

This is a prime example of the 'weeds' lurking in the edging. Many small trees and also brambles. It was a double-issue of the lavender getting old and the problem of weed removal that made the edging so problematic to me.

So goodbye lavender edge......

Whoomp! they were all removed.

So goodbye lavender edge......

Look at how much path I have recovered! It is twice as wide as it was. I am sure delivery people will be very grateful.

So goodbye lavender edge......

To celebrate my achievement the sun appeared, which was very welcome.

So goodbye lavender edge......

I am pleased with the results. I saved one lavender plant right at the top of the side lawn, it will not replace all that the bees have lost but it is better than nothing. I will ponder on this further as I am keen to support the bees.

So goodbye lavender edge......

I did the check from the bedroom window, a very important check for me. This helps me guage what it looks like from a distance and whether it is working or not. I remain pleased with the results.

Hang on a minute I hear you say, you mentioned above that your delay was due to you not knowing what to put in its place, so what are you going to plant?

............ well......

I still do not know. I have a couple of possible ideas that are brewing gently, but I think I have to live with it for a while and work out what I want to do. I always say the garden tells me what it wants me to do and so I am going to listen to it for inspiration.

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