O.K., I can hear you saying, “That post was so long, how can she possibly have more to say?” Never fear, just one addendum and a correction.
First, I did find my mystery perennial when I got to Williamsburg. I typed it, but that part was lost during one of my computer’s obstinate snits. I talked to the gardener, who informed me that what I described wasn’t a true lavender, but a plant called “gray santolina.” Anybody ever heard of that? I think the foliage is the same, so I bought 3. We’ll be absolutely sure when they bloom! The blooms are yellow globes about the size of marbles, and contrast nicely with the gray-green foliage.
Second, my brother, Bobby, does not have diabetes, Joyce informs me, only herself.
Now, wasn’t that short and sweet?