This is certain proof, as far as I am concerned, that my approach to pruning English Lavender (i.e. chopping it back deep into the old wood once flowering is over, so that it looks like nothing so much as a large hedgehog), really works satisfactorily, and allows the lavender to last for years (twenty years some say) rather than getting woody and exhausted after three or four years. The last winter was the most brutal experienced here in living memory, and a great many plants, including ones that are thought much hardier than lavender, perished. The lavender’s current year’s growth is not particularly impressive, it is true, but I think this is on account of the lack of sunshine since April.
The first two pictures were taken in September; the next in October, then one in November. The same clump was photographed in April, and the last one is the clump today.
I don’t know whether this applies to French Lavender, as I gather that is a little more tender than the English.