Monday, November 19, 2012
Forgive me for not posting much over the last several months about the lavender. Not much to report accept that they are growing. The lavender ladies I planted in June are well prepared for winter, all between softball and cantalope sized, and many threw up a few blooms in late September, a really beautiful willowy stem so I am excited for next year.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
On the weekend of June 15th, 16th and 17th, Dad and Andrew helped me plant 34 new lavender plants. Most of these are tiny plants grown by my friend M. The lavender ladies were grown from cuttings and the Hungarian lavenders were grown from seed. M can grow just about anything and this saved me a ton of money. Other lavenders planted were two varieties I bought from a nursery in Asheville, Lodden Blue (which I've wanted for ages) and Ellegance purple. Ellegance is a newer variety that I saw the "Ellegance Skye" variant at Lowe's and Home Depot this spring. I also have a single Lavance that M bought at a plant sale and a couple of Vinceza Blues. Every year I do things a little differently based on what I learned the previous year or what I have read. This year got even more technical with equipment. Below is the lavender plant step by step, as well as I could photograph it while we worked on the project. Marking and Measuring Mom took this picture of Dad and I measuring out the spacing for the holes and marking them with spray paint. The chickens came over to help.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Well I've been cutting lavender every couple nights. The Hidcote Giants are the last to bloom and I'll be cutting them off later this week. ALso, it looks like this year's lavender plant will be this weekend. I'll be planting 24 plants. Because it has been so dry and because I am trying something different this year, I am renting an auger to make the holes, but more on that when I do that post. Here is how the Lavender is shaping up this year. Grossos in the back, planted two years ago. Cynthia Johnsons in the front, planted last year. Molly and a Grosso bundle. Molly checks out the early harvest tried, Munstead, Hidcote, Niagara, Croxton's and Tucker's Early Purple. Here are those Marge Clark's planted last year. From scrawny to showy! They also dry a very pretty blue.
Most of these are from the ornamental (read not very fragrant)lavenders I have in the herb garden. I let them go completely for the bees. I have about 30 plants in the back that I did let go for the bees, the mystery variety, the croxton's and a couple munsteads and hidcotes. I could take pictures of bees all day. They move fast, staying on a bloom for just a few seconds. These were done with my macro lens. Note the orange on this bees leg. This part of the leg is considered the "pollen basket" The next two pictures aren't about the bee but the bloom. I just really liked the detail. The butterflies are even harder to catch as I think they are pretty flighty (pardon the pun) I think I kept casting a shadow or something and they thought I was a bird. Maybe later I can get more...
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
to post about it! All the varieties are blooming right now. I'm having trouble keeping up and some of the plants that are throwing up reedy wands, I'm just mowing them down. I have over 50 bunches drying now. Grossos and Marge Clarks (the longest so far as they are intermedia lavenders) should be ready to cut this weekend. Lots of pictures and descriptions below:
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
If you've been following (and you should be you know.) Then you have learned that chickens like to roll in dirt and dust because it clogs the lungs of many parasites. Well, the other day I was finishing up weeding the lavender and the chickens were out ranging and they discovered the gravel around the plants. I had to use my foot to sweep the gravel back into place, but at least they didn't tear up the landscape fabric.
Lots going on in the lavender rows. I've finished pruning the winter die back, essentially any part of the plant that has greened up at this point: Here is the Croxton's before pruning:
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Here is the Munstead, the one that has been in the ground for it's third year.