Now Is The Time To Prune Lavender

| 6/17/2010 10:45:14 AM

Tags: Lemon Verbena Lady, Nancy Heraud, Lavender, Willow Pond Farm, Pennsylvania, Pruning, Festival, Lemonade, Recipe,

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Around this time every year, the trimming of the lavender begins. We had a lot of heat in the garden early this year. It seemed that it was earlier than ever this year, but checking our records that we keep each year, it is about the same time as last year.

'Jean Davis' lavender is ready to be clipped.
Photo by Nancy Heraud

Some stems get by my watchful eyes and are left for the bees.The ones that I leave have completely opened flowers along the stem.

I have left 'Munstead' lavender stems for the bees.
Photo by Nancy Heraud

Some stems are also not ready to cut. So it is a several day process to get everything cut and sometimes I am not finished until the lavender stems are passed its prime and dark. They get recycled or used in the fireplace for the winter fires.

Here is a basket of stems picked to dry. I had a lot of 'Munstead', 'Nana', 'Jean Davis', 'Melissa', 'Rebecca Kay', 'Lodden Blue', some 'Hidcote' and 'Violet Intrigue'.

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