THE GARDENER'S LAVENDER FARM
Spring is definitely full on now! Do keep in mind the restrictions of night time temperatures to temper your "Spring Fever" planting choices...Choose cold tolerant veggies & Herbs & beloved Lavenders to begin. Adding warmer loving crops over the next 4 weeks to spin out your planting window for sucess, and enjoyment! ...Everything does not have to be in the ground May 24th.
The farm is now open weekends Saturdays & Sundays 10am-5pm until September. Do add in the holiday Easter Monday as an open day...Cash sales please & dog free. Gallon pots of hardy Lavenders and over-wintered gallon pots of culinary Herbs are first up! Weekly we are adding the first of the veggie starts and more. New season 4 inch Lavenders will be May...
And yes dried Sweet Lavender flowers are available for your latest recipe, project or event! Right now we have 2 bins of lovely 2013 dried Sweet "Hidcote purple" loose Lavender flowers to keep us in stock until this years Harvest. We are offering it in $10 sample packs of 75 grams, $30 for a half pound, and $55 a full pound. Store in glass jars up to 5 years: for cooking keep that air tight jar in the freezer & replace your stash yearly. Sorry, no dried Lavender flowers-on-the-stem bundles left...
Late June-early July will be the glorious season of blooming Lavender for us:
In season, we carry a wide selection of Lavender plants, Herbs, Vegetable starts; Edible flower plants and our favourite Rugosa Roses ...plus an array of exotic plants including Scented Geraniums, Lemon Verbena, Pineapple Sage, Gentian Sage, Stachys Hildago & many more temptations…We are continuing to divide and pot up specialty Herb plants from our display gardens as we tidy. Please call/email for special plant requests @ 250-474-5767
Lavender still holds the farm stage, front & center~ with varieties that grow best in Victoria's climate and most of all: smell heavenly! Traditional Lavandula angustifolia varieties smell the best...remembering for the Chef: Scent equals Taste! Other varieties are chosen for looks and performance. Most Lavenders begin to bloom in July, the exception is the range of Spanish or "Butterfly" bloom Lavenders that start in April through October. They make great patio Lavenders, keep dead headed for continuous blooms.
Our number one Sweet Lavender plant choice continues to be "Violet Intrigue". This variety of winter hardy Lavandula angustifolia is everyone's favourite in the new cutting field planted June 2012. "Violet Intrigue" is not blue, not purple...a great true Violet colour with an elegant longer bloom head on a mid sized plant with great scent and taste! Small pots are $4 each. A reminder: do plant all Lavenders in full sun with good drainage to handle our West Coast winter-wet as Lavenders will get root rot if they sit in soggy soils any length of time. See our Lavender propagation list 2014
Our Herb plant selections always include a traditional range of Cooking herbs for the professional Chef or at home; herbs for Teas, herbs for simple Medicinal recipes or home cosmetics not forgetting a selection of herbs for Bees & Butterflies!
Check out what tomato varieties we plan for this year ...
Check out our year round Lavender products & treats here ~ Farm made Lavender products from teas to cooking blends; sachets to bath salts, lovely soaps, Lavender essential oil and more~ Not forgetting *GIFT CARDS* for plants & product...you name the amount!
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