Purity, Grace and Calmness
are Blooming at the Farm
Yes, my friends, you are right – it is lavender blooming gracefully at SOEL Farm. Our field is open all day (9 am to 6 pm) every day.
The lavender beds are behind the solar panels – there are signs for parking and for lavender direction.
Scissors, paper towels and water will be available – I recommend moistening the paper towel and wrapping the ends to keep lavender fresh. Place it into cool fresh water as soon as you get home – it is hot, and lavender will bend its head sadly very fast. But no worries, it will recover quickly in the vase. 40-50 stems cost $5 and combined with a couple of wild flowers (orange and white, please, do not cut the poppies, they do not last in bouquets) you've got yourself a really lovely bunch.
We have two kinds of plants: Lavandula “Phenomenal” and Lavandula “Sensational” - both of them tall, wavy, and ready for cutting!
Now about how to cut it: Choose the stem to cut, it should be thick and sturdy. Follow the stem down from the flower – you will see a node, with couple leaves and sometimes even a single purple flower. Keep going for the second node – you will be much closer to the greyish bush. Cut the stem right there, above the second node. If you need it longer – keep going to the third node and cut the stem above. Lavender promises to grow more flowers from the node this year. Anyway, what looks like a severe haircut keeps the plant shapely and hopefully healthy for the next 8-10 years. Now you know as much as I do about lavender cutting – just press the button below to schedule a visit.
One bed is half way cut - this is the result of our participation in the Asbury Fresh Sunday Market. We sold all 55 bouquets! If you have not been by the market, please check it out. Every Sunday, rain or shine. It is the only farmer's market to accept SNAP benefits - please make sure to check out the kiosk there.
P.S. – cutting bouquets for this page pictures, I observed lots of bumble bees – they are the huge fans. They won't touch you – they're generally not aggressive; males do not sting, and females only do so when threatened (don’t we all?). However, if you do not tolerate the peaceful hum of many insects and them flying around you – give me a call and I will pick the bouquet for you!