September 11, 2022
Get the latest updates on blooming and fruit picking:
Lavender Update: Our Sweet variety blooms were great this year! The Provence variety is normally blooming at this time but with the extreme heat and lack of rain, the plants are behind on the spiking and blooming. We are only seeing a few of the plants spiking and even less blooming. We're not sure if they will continue to spike and produce blooms later than normal, or this may be the extent of their blooms for this year. We continue to monitor the plants each week. The cooler weather and little rain that we have gotten may give them a burst of energy, but time will tell. Stay tuned for their progress. The extended hot weather and no rain might impact their blooming. The primary varieties that we grow are Sweet, Provence and Phenomenal, however, we are testing new varieties to see if they can sustain the heat and humidity. All of these varieties produce blooms with longer stems which make them better for cutting bundles. We will keep you updated as they grow and develop for the next several weeks.
General Information: One of the primary questions that we get asked is "when is the best time to come and see the lavender in bloom?". We grow two varieties and each one of them bloom at different times. The Sweet variety is our spring bloomer and usually blooms in May/June. The blooming progress is always affected by sun, rain, cold and heat so therefore the actual blooming varies a few weeks either way. The Provence variety is our late summer bloomer and generally blooms at the end of July and through August and September.
During the blooming of either variety we allow visitors to the farm to cut bundles. Each blooming cycle lasts for 6-8 weeks.
Blackberries: The blackberries have all ripened. They were not as plentiful as last year. We will continue to add more plants next spring.
Peaches: The peach trees were loaded this year and we were able to pick for 3 weeks! This was our largest crop ever. They are now gone but we are anxious to see how they produce next year.
Figs: The figs were slow to ripen last season and they didn't get as large as we had hoped. We think that the freeze also took it's toll last year on the crop. We will start pruning back the bushes to get ready for the new season.
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 when 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.
We look forward to seeing you soon!