There are a handful of the Provence lavender plants that survived the rains last year and they are now blooming. With the festival coming up wewill only allow cutting of the lavender for the lavender weaving demonstrations on the day of the festival (Sat. Aug. 11th). If you are going to weave, you will need to check in with the table on the gift shop porch to get your cutters. After the festival, we will allow cutting as long as the blooms are available. NOTE: There are only a few plants that have blooms this year so cutting will be minimal. The good news is that the new fields that were just planted seem to be doing well and we should be back on our regular blooming schedule next year!
Many people are calling or emailing to find out when the best time to come out to the farm is to see the lavender blooming. Blooming is always a hard question to answer. It depends on the overall weather and rainfall. The past 3 years have been difficult due to the amount of rainfall that we have gotten not to mention the freeze. We lost most of the Provence and a large amount of the Sweet variety. The good news is that the lower fields were just replanted. The handful of Sweet lavender plants that survived from last year had some spiking and a fair amount of blooms. Some of the blooms that were ready were cut at our Celebrating Mom’s Spring Fling event in May. With the heat in June, the Sweet variety usually conclude their blooming. The few mature Provence lavender plants that managed to survive the rains last year are now spiking and hopefully we will have blooms by the Lavender & Wine Fest on Saturday, August 11, 2018. Since there are only a few of those plants, we will only allow cutting during our festival in order to facilitate our lavender weaving demonstrations. No bundles will be cut until after the Lavender & Wine Festival. At that point we can see how much is left for cutting. Overall, the new plants that went in the ground over a month ago are looking good so far. Fingers crossed that the weather will cooperate and the plants can get back on their regular blooming schedule.
Please keep in mind that growing lavender in Texas is always a challenge since they prefer a dry arid climate. We have chosen varieties that we feel work best for our particular area with the excessive moisture. Due to the high humidity, we also have to plant the rows leaving plenty of space between each plant in order to keep the plants as dry as possible. We’ve been growing now for 14 years and some years are better and some are worse and we can’t compete with Mother Nature. At the end of the day we love lavender and the wonderful ways that it can improve your overall health and we will continue to grow so that our visitors can also experience those benefits
Keep checking the website for current updates and even if you’re planning a trip out to the farm in the next few weeks or months, remember that the drive and landscapes are gorgeous in Washington County! The farm is beautiful even if the lavender is not blooming. Stroll the fields and enjoy all of the handmade products and culinary items in our gift shop “The Lavender Patch”. Relax in one of our rocking chairs and drink a glass of cold lemonade on the porch. You can also visit our three miniature goats, Fonzie, Oreo and Moonshine.