Many people are calling or emailing to find out when the best time to come out to the farm is to see the lavender blooming. Blooming is always a hard question to answer. It depends on the overall weather and rainfall. The past 3 years have been difficult due to the amount of rainfall that we have gotten not to mention the freeze. We lost most of the Provence and a large amount of the Sweet variety. The good news is that the lower fields were just replanted. The handful of Sweet lavender plants that survived from last year are spiking and have some blooms. Some of the blooms that were ready were cut at our Celebrating Mom’s Spring Fling event this past weekend. They are continuing to produce blooms so we will most likely have more to cut by the end of May. The Provence lavender was also just replanted and with dryer weather, we could get blooms by our Lavender and Wine Festival in August. Fingers crossed that the weather will cooperate and the plants can get back on their regular blooming schedule.
Please keep in mind that growing lavender in Texas is always a challenge since they prefer a dry arid climate. We have chosen varieties that we feel work best for our particular area with the excessive moisture. Due to the high humidity, we also have to plant the rows leaving plenty of space between each plant in order to keep the plants as dry as possible. We’ve been growing now for 14 years and some years are better and some are worse and we can’t compete with Mother Nature. At the end of the day we love lavender and the wonderful ways that it can improve your overall health and we will continue to grow so that our visitors can also experience those amazing benefits.
Keep checking the website for current updates and even if you’re planning a trip out to the farm in the next few weeks or months, remember that the drive and landscapes are gorgeous in Washington County! The farm is beautiful even if the lavender is not blooming. Stroll the fields and enjoy all of the handmade products and culinary items in our gift shop “The Lavender Patch”. Relax in one of our rocking chairs and drink a glass of cold lemonade on the porch. You can also visit our three miniature goats, Fonzie, Oreo and Moonshine.