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Friday 18 January 2019

Goldfinch eating Lavender seed heads this freezing morning in a Sussex garden, UK.

Conventional advice is to prune lavender after flowering.
If you do NOT prune the seed heads, then they are a feast for seed eating birds like this goldfinch on this freezing, frosty January morning.
This is illustrated in a talk "The evolution of a formal garden to a nature reserve" at 
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Neena said...

I was about to deadhead my lavender this week, but I will hold off now. I had about 6-8 goldfinches stop by to feed on the seeds this morning. All these years growing it, I've never seen this happen! This is in Oregon, USA. I notice your Goldfinches have a red stripe on the head, where ours do not.

Sussexrambler said...

Thanks for that Neena. I'm much encouraged.

Anonymous said...

I'm in Oregon too. I just saw a goldfinch for the first time eating my lavender!

Anonymous said...

I'm in England and am watching a finch strip my lavender bush on this freezing cold morning - have never seen this before.

Anonymous said...

It is time that nature loving gardeners stopped cutting back lavender until early spring

Anonymous said...

I definitely will leave pruning lavender until later. Two beautiful goldfinches today on the one plant I hadn’t cut back. All grasses etc I have always left alone for a good while. Never thought about lavender. I will now!

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