April 4, 2021
Lavender: With the recent freeze, the Sweet variety was hit the hardest. That is the lavender that blooms in April / May. There is a little green at the base of the plants but in order to try to save those plants, we would need to cut them back almost to the ground. Since these plants are more mature, we decided that it would be best to replant that variety. We have replanted the field and will continue to post the progress through the spring. The Provence lavender handled the freeze well and all of those plants are looking fine. That variety blooms late summer. Stay tuned for more updates.
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 bloomed earlier than normal. 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 were great last year! We have added additional plants this month. The blackberries usually produce in June. We will keep the website updated as to their progress.
Peaches: The peach trees produced a great crop last year! They were starting to bud out recently when the freeze hit. It looks like the timing of the freeze unfortunately ruined the blooms for this years crop. The pear trees however had lots of blooms so stay tuned for more updates.
Figs: The figs are leafing out and we hope to have a good fig crop this year. We will update the Blooming Update page as to their progress.
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!