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  •  No, I'm in upstate NY, but I thought maybe (5+ / 0-)
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    bumbi, Smoh, Portia Elm, Ninepatch, MizC

    we were the same zone, roughly. Agree with Kishik about the buddleias. Mine are only just starting to show growth from the base - perfectly normal for BBs in the north. Just cut them to the ground and wait. I don't give up on the, till Memorial Day.

    NEVER split lavender! You can cut off branches which have touched the ground and rooted but trying to split the main plant will kill it. Sadly, this winter was a bear and I lost a variegated lavender I had been nursing (also a Bluestone purchase).

    I agree - Munsteads are nice but they are a bit delicate. I think you may like Violet Intrigue - the color is very rich and the scent is quite good.

    I love meeting new garden peeps! Good luck with your butterfly bushes! (Uh, if you want a really spectacular color in BBs, invest in Miss Molly - holy crap! The hummers love it as much as the butterflies!) :)

    Watch out or I'll go get my shovel and unload plant divisions on you!

    by Attack Gardener on Tue May 13, 2014 at 04:09:10 PM PDT

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    •  I've grown most of those (3+ / 0-)
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      and prefer Munstead. I can usually get a good 5 years out of a single bush before I need to start anew. But, in more than 40 years of gardening, I've never lost 2 full sized bushes and a lavender bush all in the same winter, especially in my 5A+ zone. I have a small microclimate because my garden is up against my red brick walls, which normally protects everything.

      Ah well, nothing wrong with a new plant now and then. :-)


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      by Ninepatch on Tue May 13, 2014 at 07:25:13 PM PDT

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      •  Ah, I'm preaching to the choir again! (3+ / 0-)
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        Apologies! :)

        I'm very impressed with your Munstead record. I've never been able to grow them more than 2 years. On the other hand, I have a Hidcote Superior that has been in the same spot for ten years, gets buried with snow every year by hubby shoveling and still comes back stronger than ever.

        Agree about adding new plants - we'd get bored otherwise, right?

        Watch out or I'll go get my shovel and unload plant divisions on you!

        by Attack Gardener on Wed May 14, 2014 at 05:40:37 AM PDT

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        •  Mine grow to quite (2+ / 0-)
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          ripe old ages I suppose!

          The munstead out front that didn't make it through this winter was probably about 15 years old or more.

          I've had great luck with munstead - but I think I attribute to fairly sandy soil.

          There will be no humanity without forgiveness. There will be no forgiveness without justice. But justice will be impossible without humanity. – Yolande Mukagasana

          by kishik on Wed May 14, 2014 at 07:04:26 AM PDT

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