I hope your week is going great so far. Today we wanted to share with you some important information about our lavender plants. Unfortunately, the news isn’t great. Let me explain what’s going on.
First, before you ask, we don’t bloom until June. If you were to come to the farm, you would see lots of lavender bushes, but no purple lavender. We have to wait awhile until that happens. In a good year, we will be blooming by June. That may not happen this year.
With that being said, let’s talk about the plants and how they are doing today. As you know, it’s been unusually cold this year. Between the polar vortex and late deep freezes, our plants have been hit hard.
By now, we usually start to see a lot of green on them. Thankfully, we have a handful that are starting to green up, but it’s very minimal, on a few stems, and only on a couple plants in one part of our field. Take a look at them, though. The green is very exciting.
The rest of our plants are not at all green. This is really, really late for them. One of two things might be happening here. Option 1 is that because of the cold, the plants are just taking their time coming out of dormancy until the weather warms up. Looking at the forecast for the next couple of weeks, it looks like it’s supposed to be very warm. We will see if they really come to life in the next several days with the sun and warm weather.
Option 2 is much scarier: the cold has wiped out the vast majority of our plants and we have to pull almost all of the plants we have. We’re really hoping that isn’t true, but it’s just as real a possibility as option 1 is right now. Only time will tell.
Check out what the rest of our plants currently look like; lots and lots of grey.
Now for the really bad news. Unfortunately, due to many factors, we have a big chunk of plants that really are just not thriving at all. Take a look at these pictures to see what we mean. The first two pictures show plants that are in really rough shape - the majority of plant is dead or crucial parts of the plant is dead. The third picture shows, if you look very carefully, at all of the plants we have flagged to pull out. There are a lot of them.
So, the farm is in pretty rough shape: our plants are not greening up the way we would expect, the late deep freezes may have killed most of our farm, and we already know that we are losing a lot because a good chunk of our plants are just unhealthy.
Is there any good news?
Yes! We are actually getting very excited because we are driving to Kansas this Thursday to pick up 200 plants to begin experimenting with 20 different varieties of plants to see how they grow and what we can do with them. This is a big test to see how our farm is going to expand. The varieties we are bringing home are Betty Blue, Croxton’s Wild, Folgate, Hidcote, Maillette, Melissa, Munstead, Nana Alba, Royal Velvet, Seals Seven Oaks, Alba, Dilly Dilly, Fred Boutin, Gros Bleu, Grosso, Phenomenal, Provence, Provence White, Riverina Thomas, Seal, Super, and Sussex. We have no idea what’s going to happen and we cannot wait to find out.
By the time we get to the festival it’s really anyone’s guess what our farm is going to look like. Right now we can guarantee you will see 200 new plants in 20 varieties and we will be so happy to share with you what each one is and what they do. We are so hopeful that we will have many more than that for our u-pick and photography sessions, but it’s all up the air right now.
As with everything, it seems, we continue to rebuild and reboot as we come out of the pandemic life. There is some grief and loss, but also many signs of new life and exciting things to come.
We will continue to keep you updated with all of the exciting things that will be happening on the farm. Until then, stay well!
PS: Check out our flower garden!! We can’t wait to see the blooms.
Family Owned and Operated since 2017
23344 Farm Road 1085
Washburn, MO 65772