March 25, 2020
Lavender: 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. This year, the Sweet variety have bloomed earlier than normal. In looking over the fields, the Sweet variety are developing nicely. With the warmer weather, we are seeing blooms and they are finally strong enough to cut. We will start allowing cutting this weekend. The Provence variety is our late summer bloomer and generally blooms at the end of July and through August and September.
The past 3 years have been difficult due to the amount of rainfall that we have gotten and the Provence doesn't seem to be as hearty as the Sweet variety. Lavender does not like wet feet or excessive water so we have had to replant the fields the past three years. Our last planting was late November. The milder weather is helpful to get the plants established. Usually we get blooms the first year out of our new plants even though they are still quite small. During the blooming of either variety we allow visitors to the farm to cut bundles. Each blooming cycle lasts for 6-8 weeks.
Blackberries: We are currently pruning back the berry canes and attaching them to our trellis system. They were just fertilized and we hope to start seeing blooms. We will keep you posted on each variety of fruit as they progress through the spring.
Peaches: The peach trees are full of tiny peaches and it looks like we will have a great crop- finger crossed! Those should be ready late April or in May.
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!