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Tuesday
Apr172012

April: Waiting for Lavender

Hello, friends! Spring arrived with a bang, and the view from the barn porch is now splashed with rounded green domes in the lavender field. I witnessed an incredible green-up in just a few short weeks. The first tiny lavender buds appeared, well ahead of schedule thanks to unseasonably warm weather. Then came a late frost this month which nipped the buds. That means those lavenders could be blooming later rather than earlier. So while the only apparent color right now is green, my mind jumps ahead to May and June - we will be seeing purple very soon.

As a lavender grower, I am learning as I go. Out of 7 varieties and 650 plants, all but one (variety) have proven to be winners in our USDA hardiness zone 7. Hidcote, munstead, grosso, provence, and Fred Boutin have fared exceptionally well. Likewise, so has Spanish lavender, which surprised me with blooms at the end of March! The exception is Goodwin Creek - I will not plant this variety again as it is evidently not tough enough for North Carolina. However, the truth about lavender is this - what doesn't work for one grower could work just fine for the next person.  

To ensure that you get the latest lavender news, be sure to join our facebook page. We'll have updates there on bloom time, lavender availability, market dates/locations, and events.

 

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Reader Comments (1)

Hi! Why do you put the stones around the lavender plants?

May 22, 2012 at 12:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterASL

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