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French lavender (Lavandula stoechas) may be terribly pretty with its bunny rabbit ears and soft grey foliage. But it is, notoriously, not very hardy.

For once we’ve been having proper, regular frosts here in the West Country and it’s done for this French lavender in one if the gardens I look after.


But not this one. It’s in the same bed, just a few feet away, with no obvious extra shelter to keep the frost off.

Frost pockets can be as random and unpredictable, even within a single garden, as soil types. But at least I know what not to plant in this spot in future!