The lavenders have been in bloom for several days now, but I haven’t had much time to notice. The top (left) row is always the best, because it has the best drainage, which lavender not only loves but absolutely MUST have. The plants closest to the camera are “Royal Velvet” and then “Imperial Gem.” The second and third row are Lavandins, mostly “Abrialli” and “Grosso” which have much longer stems and bloom later. Looks pretty good from this direction.
But, as is often the case, things are not so pretty on the backside! Back in 2015, when I sold my herb farm, I hadn’t really planned to sell so things were a little chaotic when it happened. One of the results was that I didn’t have time to move all the plants I wanted, or to pull some plants from the sales area before they were gone. So, when it came time to plant the Lavender Slope some months later, there weren’t enough plants to fill the slope. It’s a project that’s been on the list since then! When I knew I wouldn’t be traveling at all, I knew there would be plenty of time to grow some baby lavender plants to finish the slope, so the time had come!
Now normally, I’m an advocate of lavender plants from cuttings, because that way one knows exactly what one is getting. Seed-grown plants can range from lovely to blah, stately to floppy, fragrant to scentless. I used to do over 5000 lavender plants from cuttings a year, but I don’t have a good set-up now, and no big desire to set one up! So, feeling reckless, I ordered two varieties of lavender seed: “Avignon” and “Blue Spear.” They’ve grown slowly, as lavender babies do, but were finally big enough to face the big bad world on their own.
Into the ground each plant went, along with a generous handful of compost, and a tablespoon of lime mixed into the hard clay soil that is the slope. Now, we just wait and see what happens, and what they turn out to be: beauties or blahs?
After I finished planting, I took a stack of empty pots and flats back to the pole barn to “rest” until they are needed again next February. As I passed a stack of equipment, I saw another heat mat, and the mist line system that I used for starting cuttings. I stood and pondered for a while. Actually, I could cut it down to fit under the bench in the greenhouse, where the cuttings would be shaded. If I purchased a “Y” for the greenhouse faucet, I could set up the shortened mist line without much effort, and I’ve got a leaky hose that is begging to be cut up into a piece the right length. There are some other cuttings that I could use besides lavender as the gardens become more perennials than annuals. Maybe when I go into town to get that soaker hose the blackberry row so desperately needs, I’ll just get a “Y” and a couple of hose end repair kits as well! I bet lavender plants would sell at the garden club sale, don’t you?