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Through the Fields of Lavender…

“ladies fair, I bring to you lavender with spikes of blue;

sweeter plant was never found growing on our english ground.”

-Caryl Battersby-

This past weekend, we went into the Texas Hill Country to breath in the wonderful aroma of the lavender fields.  Lavender grows really well in this region of Texas.  Every year the town of Blanco hosts their annual Lavender Festival.  This was our first time attending and what a treat!  The festival itself was an array of booths displaying lavender products, local artists, and delightful crafts, all surrounding the county court house.

   

We also visited two of the local lavender farms; Miller Creek and Hill Country.  Lovely to wander through the fields of lavender plants, talk to the proprietors about their harvesting process, and wander through the shelves and shelves of homemade lavender products.  At Miller Creek, we even got to pick our own lavender in a section of their fields!

           

We had a really great time and have decided we will come back to the farms again — though next time we will visit prior to their big harvest so that we can see the Texan fields look like this:

One of our purchases was a Grosso Lavender plant, which is good for harvesting culinary lavender.  Thanks to Hill Country Lavender Farm, here are a few tips for growing lavender in your yard:

  • Lavender likes well-drained soil with an alkalinity of 6.0 to 8.0.  It does best in an area with a slight slope for drainage.
  • Plant Lavender in full sunshine.
  • Lavender needs plenty of room because when full-grown, some varieties can reach three foot in diameter
  • Lavender should be planted away from sprinkler systems that water regularly.  It does not like having its feet wet.
  • Water the plant in and continue to water the baby plants regularly for several months or until roots are established.
  • Once established, lavender is considered drought tolerant and needs water less regularly, once a month depending on the heat of that month and the rainfall.
  • Lavender should be pruned back approximately one-third the plant size between October and February to promote new growth and blooming the following season.  Prune before the first warming trend to avoid any delays in the blooming season.
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10 comments on “Through the Fields of Lavender…

  1. Cloches & Lavender
    June 13, 2012

    Great post.

    Cynthia

  2. putneyfarm
    June 13, 2012

    Great post, those fields are amazing. Were there at lot of bees to go w/ the lavender?

    • Beyond The Green Door
      June 13, 2012

      Thanks! There were! Unfortunately my camera only had them come across as blurry little objects so I didn’t use those images. 🙂

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