Before tomorrow and the 1st of August,
I'm getting this post up that I can still say that it happened last month!
I was invited to attend a Christmas meeting/party for the local Herb Guild last year.
Since then I've attended the requisite number of meetings
and will become a full fledged member of the group after summer break.
My future herb bed will be along the kitchen side of the house
but right now, it's a wasteland knee deep in weeds and only weeds....and I'm not kidding.
Some of them may even be reaching waist height.
This is the extent of the herbs currently at the house;
parsley, lemongrass, rosemary, mint, pineapple sage.
Five in pots!
Despite my masquerading as an herbal gardener,
I went with the group on a tour of White Oak Lavender Farm in Harrisonburg
last month (late June).
Lavender was a plant that I never attempted in Louisiana.
Humidity, clay and acid soil combines to make lavender a challenge to grow down there.
First stop was CrossKeys Winery where we ate al fresco on a terrace
with a view of the Blue Ridge and the grape fields.
Then on to the farm where the lavender was in full bloom.
The first harvest of 2014 was scheduled for the next day
so rich colors and smells were abundant.
The farm was started 9 years ago with about 100 plants and has grown to over 9,000 mature plants!
Lavender from the farm is sold for culinary use and crafts
as well producing lavender oil and water for sale.
|White and Pale Blue Lavenders|
|White Lavender in the Foreground not quite in Full Bloom|
We had scheduled a guided tour
given by the owner
and learned about their cultural practices,
distilling operations etc.
I bought some tea and three young plants
that are waiting in their pots for the day
when I clear the weeds and start the herb garden!
|Lavender Bunches Covering the Walls In a Drying Shed|