September 5, 2021
New Fields in Progress!
Lavender: This has been a challenging year so say the least! With the hard freeze this past February, followed by the excessive rainfall, we have decided that this would be a good time to replant most of the lavender fields. We have pulled most of the plants and will begin prepping the rows starting mid September. We will add minerals and nutrients so that the new crop will get a good start. We have found that fall is the best time for us to plant so we will start planting the end of Oct. and first part of November. The primary varieties will be Sweet, Provence and Phenomenal. All of those produce blooms with longer stems which make them better for cutting bundles. We will also add some new varieties for testing. Our first blooming will begin next spring in late April, May and into June.
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 were great this year! We plan to add more berry vines next spring. Generally, the berries ripen the first part of June. We will keep you updated on their progress next spring!
Peaches: The peach trees produced a great crop last year! They were starting to bud out this past spring 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 and we did have a small crop. The pears are finished for this season.
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!