Saturday, December 13, 2008

Blooms on a cloudy day

I walked out on the patio with my coffee this cloudy, gloomy Saturday morning and see most of my plants looking like this one--covered in sheets to protect them from the freezing weather we had last week.
Hiding under this sheet are red geraniums and an asparagus fern.
But blooming away along the flagstone path, I see my Lavender Pinata (lavandule stoechas Pinata). I bought several of these plants early last spring.
They were in a section at Lowe's advertised as "mounding perennials." Lavender's grow well in south Texas, but I heard they were hard to grow in my area. However, they were so pretty I decided to try.
And, I have not been dis-
appointed. They bloomed all spring, slowed down a bit in July and August, then blooms reappeared in September. They are drought tolerant, are fast growers, and according to the plant information sticker-this variety is cold hardy to 10 degrees!! (not sure if I believe that though). One thing I did discover--the plants I put in FULL sun did best. You do need to dead head, but that's not a problem. They also made great cut flowers. The blooms last quite a long time. And..oh the fragrance!! I would run my fingers through the foliage every time I walked by.
So if you are looking for a lavender to try in your garden--I give this one a "green thumbs up!"
Their pretty spikes really brightened this gloomy Saturday morning for me!

"...When I am an old lady I shall have a lavender bush and sprinkle the blooms upon my sheets and under my pillow;steep it into tea and press its spikes among the pages of my books. "
Sharon Tabor


tina said...

I am not disappointed at all either. That lavender is heavenly. I tried to see if mine was blooming, nope. That is okay, I'll peak here. I like the quote at the end.

Nola @ the Alamo said...

Yes, you can bet I'll add some of those to my beds next spring. I'm bookmarking this so I can come back to it for the particular variety!

perennialgardener said...

A cheerful sight on a cloudy day! I've not had much luck with Lavender in the past since our winters are quite wet.

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

Such vivid purple color! I need to try this one. I'm so in need of color outside. And it's just begun! I can't wait till spring comes round!

Meadowview Thymes said...

Tina, you have had more cold weather than we have. It's going from 30 at night, to 63 during the day! Texas!! : )
The quote is from a site on Lavender. It reminding me of the poem.."Warning" by Jenny Joseph.

Nola, if you have trouble finding these in spring let me know and I will check my Lowe's (or HD) and see if they have them.

Racquel, lavender is so pretty and dry tolerant and can take hot sun--you would think it would grow like lantana, but from what I hear, it is not an easy plant. I think I've had luck because of this particular variety.

Meadowview Thymes said...

Brenda, you know I am with you on spring. When (and if) the weather gets cold and stays cold, I doubt if these continue to bloom. But hopefully with the warmth of spring they will start back. I can just picture this lavender, tulips, daffodils, candy tuff all blooming...sigh...

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

Linda, I have failed lavender so many times. Thanks for posting about this variety. Now I can try one more time.


Meadowview Thymes said...

Hope you can find this one in spring Debbi. I think if it works for me, it would you too. Let me know if you have problems finding it and like I told Nola, I will check the Lowes and HD by me.

Susie said...

Those blooms are very pretty! Lavender doesn't grow well here. I planted one this year and of course, it bit the bullet. Thanks for sharing yours.

Meadowview Thymes said...

Glad to share Susie! This has been the only variety I could get to grown. Lavenders are so pretty-wish I had fields of them!

Susie said...

Meadowview-I left an award for you on my blog. Feel free to participate or not. I just wanted you to know how I felt about your friendship.