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I am a semi-retired UK botanical garden curator and former international horticultural consultant, who has worked extensively in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Australia. I spend part of the year in Australia and part in Europe, mainly due to family and work commitments. I earn my living from writing and editing Internet copy, articles and books. I have written over fifty books on gardening and have been translated into twenty-four different languages. I am a former UK Garden Writer of the Year and a previous Quill & Trowel Award Winner from the Garden Writer’s Association of America. I am interested in developing gardening communities on the Internet and I manage the popular GardenMessenger Yahoo group, along with its various sub-groups like PondMessenger and SeedMessenger. I also edit International Water Gardener and its associated regional web-sites.

Friday, August 18, 2006

The Latest French Lavenders

Lavandula 'Little Bee' series

The international Plantarium exhibition, which is being held towards the end of August in The Netherlands, will include a promotion of modern cultivars of the French Lavender Lavandula stoechas, some of which are to be displayed for the first time. All are in the ‘Little Bee’ series.

Little Bee Cream 'Florvendula Cream' was bred at the Florensis Quedlinburg nursery in Quedlinburg, Germany. It is an upright, compact plant with grey, oblong leaves, and is an early bloomer. The white flowers appear from late spring until late summer.

Little Bee Purple ‘Florvendula Purple’ is also from the Florensis Quedlinburg nursery. The growth is compact and upright, and the oblong leaves are grey. It is an early bloomer, with purple flowers from late spring until late summer.

Little Lilac Bee 'Florvendula Lilac' is an upright compact lavender, but the oblong, needle-shaped grey leaves. The plant branches well and flowers from late spring until late summer.

Little Bee Blue White ‘Florvendula Blue White' originated in the Florensis Quendlinburg nursery. This is an upright, compact and well-branching lavender that flowers early. Its oblong leaves are grey and needle-shaped. The blossoms have blue tubes and white pennants and appear from late spring until late summer.

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