Tuesday, May 11, 2010
This past weekend, I pulled the weeds that were around the base of the plants, and I gave them a little haircut. I just trimmed a little- shaping them and removing any stray sprigs. It's important to keep lavender in a nicely shaped ball. One of the most common questions about lavender is why it gets "leggy" and woody. You have to harvest the lavender (either while it's in bloom or after it's done), and keep the plant groomed into a nice "ball". If you don't, it will send off woody shoots that can't be neatly trimmed. If you cut that woody growth, you just get a hole, and if you don't cut it, the plant takes on a weird shape. And on top of that, you don't get as many blooms. Some people prune in the spring, some in the fall. Actually, I like to do it a little earlier but we've had a chilly spring. If you have a scruffy-looking, leggy lavender plant, just tell it you're sorry, dig it up and toss it. This is a great time to plant a nice new little lavender plant. For tips on planting, look back at my posts from last July.
I'll be shipping fresh bundles anywhere in the US in July (sorry no international sales of fresh lavender). I sell fresh lavender in July and dried lavender buds and other lavender products all year on the Alderwood Quilts website.