Wednesday, January 1, 2014

State of the Lavender January 1st 2014

The lavender is doing really well. Half of my varieties are still green. I can't hardly believe it. It may be that insulating snow when it was cold in early December. The plants are vulnerable to "wind burn" and where they are at they can get that wind from the Northwest. Here is a shot of them from beside the house. Look how green the Grossos are. Unbelievable. The Munsteads are more in winter mode here. But look how green the grass is! Here are the Marge Clarks, also holding up well. The Lavender Ladies bloomed late this year. I let the bees have them and never trimmed them off so as soon as it is safe to do so this spring, these ladies will be getting a haircut. The grew like gangbusters though this summer so I am looking forward to harvesting them this year. The bricks that you see in the picture above mark the spot where the Hungarians died out last spring in the cold and wet weather. I'll be replanting this spring. The black landscape fabric you see I graveled over after I took these pictures. There is going to be some serious maintenance work come spring. I have yet to post about the Lavandins planted this summer. They were planted July fourth weekend and were no bigger than a computer mouse and now look at this guy, almost the size of a volleyball. I'm convinced they have been growing even during this weather. And yes, when I run my hand through the leaves, my hand comes away smelling like lavender...even on January 1st! I am going to put the buckets over them next week when it gets really cold just as a precaution, especially if it is going to be windy. It may not help them at al and they might not even need the help, but it will make me feel better. Even more surprising to me were the signs of new growth on these plants. Take a look at the Croxton's here, growing new leaves in the center of the plant. I'm astounded because the Croxton's are a very spindly plant, and rather then being dense in the center, they are quite open to the elements. I also didn't think Croxton's were that hardy since they were developed from a wild French lavender. But maybe that hardiness has been developed. Look to the upper center of the picture below. And remember, you can click on any of these pictures to start a slide show of larger images. And here in the upper left. And I think this shot if kinda pretty. I may take my macro lens out the next warm day. And one last shot of the Grossos. Yes, this color represents the plants today, January 1st.

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