The picture of my lavender bed, next to my Father’s summer kitchen, is from 2008. Unfortunately, this year’s soggy spring caused much of the large Munstead shrubs to rot. I was forced to cut away a great deal of dead material. Parts of the plants are attempting to sprout and come back. One shrub is even blooming. But the display is nothing like this glorious harvest of last season.
Herbal shrubs such as sage and lavender are prone to rot when their roots are in water too long. It is not unusual to have to replace them after five years or so because they can also become too woody. But I still blame the record-breaking rain we had in the Midwest for the loss of my lavender. Such is the plight of the gardener.