We are just days away from our first harvest of 2015! After a particularly difficult winter for our Grosso plants, we are delighted to see the Folgate, Royal Velvet and Melissa (a white colored lavender) cultivars performing so well.
We had a very busy spring building new drying racks and a mechanized bud stripper. And we are excited by the arrival of a new 20 gallon/80 liter steam distiller. This will enable us to produce higher quantities of essential oil and hydrosol (lavender water). The larger volume of oil will enable our team to produce more amazing lavender based products for your enjoyment. Stay tuned for some exciting news about our new product offerings very soon!
First off the fields will be Folgate - and that means the steam distillation of that wonderfully fragrant essential oil and hydrosol (lavender water) will soon follow. Details on the Grosso, Royal Velvet and Melissa harvests and product offerings will soon be available as the season progresses. We worked very hard to prune back the winter damaged Grosso plants and while the harvest of Grosso will not be as large as we had hoped, we will have dried Grosso stocks for sale later this summer.
In the meantime, the fields look terrific. We planted 1,080 new plants in May to replace the Grosso winter kill and augment the Folgate, Royal Velvet and Melissa cultivars and they are all doing well in their new homes. Now if we could only find a way to get rid of the asthetically challenged cement blocks that help hold down the landscape fabric. Perhaps we should paint them a lavender colour to help them blend in! Next year, when we expand our number of plants in the Brook field, we'll look at an alternative planting method.
As they say in the digital media realm - we'll keep you posted! Have a great summer everyone.