Monday, May 5, 2008

The Lavender is Blooming ! ! !

Over the next several weeks the lavender will be blooming here. Our gardens are set up so that different varieties of lavender are blooming each week. We grow many different types of English, Intermediate, Spanish and French varieties of lavender. Despite a frost on April 21st, this year the lavender is blooming a full two weeks ahead of time. The first lavender to bloom is the French Lavender, Lavandula dentata and it has been blooming for over a month now. Some of the varieties of lavender I have growing here are Abrialli, Alba, Bella Pink, Buena Vista, Dutch Mill, Fred Boutin, French, French Gray, Graves, Grosso, Jean Davis, Munstead, Premier, Hidcote, Hidcote Giant, Seal, Lullingstone Castle, Otto Quast, Provence, Royal Purple, Royal Velvet, Sara, Silver Edge, Silver Frost, Vera, and Yellow.A Growers Workshop and Tour is scheduled for Monday, May 12 from 9:00 am to 11:30 a.m. If you are thinking of growing lavender on a larger scale, this workshop will cover everything you need to know to grow and market lavender successfully. Sign up early as space is limited and advance reservations are necessary. Please call for more information. Our Growers Workshop and Tour will cover the history of lavender, lavender varieties and selection, soil and site planning, planting and maintenance, harvesting, lavender crafts, pruning, propagation, marketing and resources.
When lavender is in bloom it is a sight to behold. We expect the lavender to be blooming until the end of June, so plan on making a visit to the gardens soon so you won't miss out on this year's bloom time. We will have fresh lavender bouquets available in our gift shop as well as all our regular items. Hope to see you soon.