My happy adventure with lavender

My happy adventure with lavender started in 2009. I had been looking for something to grow that would be beautiful. A plant that was wildlife-friendly and tolerant at the same time. A perennial that would come back year after year. I remember wanting something purple, because we already had a lot of yellow black-eyed Susans. Purple would look good against the backdrop of our red barn, or at least that was my thought.

So, I chose lavender. Last spring I ordered four-hundred baby lavender “plugs.” I potted them and let them grow until the fall. Then, on hands and knees, we planted them in the ground. Of course, we didn’t just stick them in the ground, expecting them to grow. There was much work and preparation of our field that had to occur before any planting. Let’s just say, I spent a lot of time on the ground on hands and knees! In a way, I like to think that lavender helps me feel connected to the earth.

This summer we experienced an amazing succession of bloom, rather than have every plant bloom at once. Some varieties bloom earlier, some later. Lavendula angustifolia ‘hidcote’ started blooming in May, just in time for me to supply a local bride with lavender bridal bouquets! The other varieties bloomed in June and July. Most of this was bundled and dried and then sold at the farmers market.

Hidcote is my favorite. It’s also the most consistent performer so far. If you’re lucky, which I have been, hidcote blooms twice... once in the spring and again in the fall. I love its vivid, bold purple buds. I also love that you can cook with this variety. There’s so much more to learn...

Thanks for letting me share!