when i tried to respond to my sweet blog friend's request,
i stumbled upon "no reply blogger"!
knowing that she visits and enjoys French bread on Friday,
here is my reply!
Lavender loves sunshine!
i started with the garden variety from the local
nurseries, and the garden centers at Lowes and Home Depot.
although fragrant, i felt that the plants were pale
and not very pretty, until this summer, when
i photographed their buds inside the French
wine crate, when they looked so beautiful!
i stand corrected!
on the first week of August last summer, Mr D and i drove
up to Sequim, WA, to the home of one of the largest
lavender festivals on the west coast. i was specifically
seeking "culinary" grade and dark purple varieties!
we purchased four, 4 inch pots of lavender. we transplanted
them into larger pots, and kept them close to the house for the
winter. the blooms started to appear in the middle of June.
they have continued to bloom all summer long!
i am overjoyed with their bounty and beauty!
so...i guess...my advice
is to start with a little 4 or 8 inch plant from
a local garden center, then start seeking lavender
fields that are close to you, ask questions and EXPLORE!
growing lavender has become a little hobby for me.
with 10 plants, i now have enough
scent and savory to last until next summer!
here is a link to our festival here in Washington!
this, morning, on the farm table, pressing lavender
and thyme at first light!
here's to the sweet and savory memories
of summer 2013!
see you in September!