First I must tell you a bit about our experience . . . as soon as we opened the car doors we were greeted by the sweet smell of lavender floating by on a warm summer breeze. It drew us into an absolutely beautiful sight, a lush field of purple in all shades from the palest almost white to a dark rich purple. As we strolled amongst the plants we were treated to a symphony of bees happily buzzing from one flower to the next. How could you be anything other than completely happy and at ease. Off to the edge of the field a cluster of chairs in the cool shade, where you can relax and enjoy a sampling of lavender infused treats like lavender lemonade and scones.
I know, you are pulling out your calenders and making a note for next June/July so that you can experience this too :)
These are just a few of the photos from our amazing day ...
Seeing how beautiful their plants were and hearing all of the ideas for ways to use the actual flowers, and not just the essential oil, made me curious to learn how to properly care for the lavender that I grow at home, with the hopes that I might one day be able to make lavender cookies from my own garden lavender.
Care and Feeding of your Lavender Plant
-Lavender requires full sun and a well drained location to thrive, so always keep this in mind when selecting a location to plant your lavender. In heavy (clay) soils, work in some organic matter and build up a mound on which to plant your lavender. Lavender will not tolerate wet conditions so keep it away from downspouts or areas that hold water. Your plant will require frequent watering until it is established, at which time it will be drought tolerant. Fertilize with a balanced (1:1:1) fertilizer in spring, early and mid summer. Prune annually in early September, leaving 3-4 nodes of this year's growth. This will ensure a bushy solid plant in the years to come. Cover with a light mulch or burlap through the winter. If the plant has become too leggy, early in the season, look for new breaks (growth) low on the leggy branches and prune just above. This will return the plant to a more compact growth habit for future years. ~ Prince Edward County Lavender
I hope that this inspires you to not only visit a lavender farm in the future, but to try growing some of your very own. What better way to fully experience the benefits of lavender, a simple relaxing stroll in your own garden to collect the flowers you need to benefit you and your family.
If you find a unique or useful way to use lavender flowers or essential oil please share your ideas with us by leaving a comment.
...to learn more about Prince Edward County Lavender visit their website peclavender.com