November 2, 2019
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 could vary a few weeks either way. For this year, the Sweet lavender has finished with it's bloom cycle. The Provence variety is our late summer bloomer and generally blooms at the end of July and through August and September. The Provence has also finished its bloom cycle for this year. The spring rains have taken several of the lavender plants, and most likely we will replant what has been lost this month.
The past 3 years have been difficult due to the amount of rainfall that we have gotten and the Provence has not fared as well as the Sweet. Lavender does not like wet feet or excessive water so we have had to replant the fields the past three years. Our planting last spring went very well and the plants held up through the summer and fall. By the end of 2018 we were encouraged that most of the plants had survived throughout the year. This past winter however brought much more rain than we had hoped for and we lost about half of the plants. Each spring we try to replant any plants that were lost in the prior year in order to keep the fields full. During the blooming of either variety we allow visitors to the farm to cut bundles. Each blooming cycle lasts for 6-8 weeks.
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.
We look forward to seeing you soon!