July 10, 2020
Lavender: The Sweet variety for the most part is finished however the Provence is now spiking and will probably be ready for cutting in August. We will keep you posted.
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.
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: The blackberries were great this year but are now finished. We plan to add more plants to the field this fall.
Peaches: The peach trees were full of peaches and we had a great crop this year! The peaches are gone now but we had lots of visitors who picked their own. We will post next spring when they are ready for picking again.
Figs: The figs are developing and we will keep you posted as to when they will be ready for picking.
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!